Abou el Tayeb al Mutanabbi
Omar Afif is a musician, chef, boat builder and craftsman from Essaouira, on the Moroccan Atlantic coast. Now living in Aberdeenshire, he joined us for a six month residency at the beginning of 2016, to explore his diverse talents from the Gnawa tradition, within the Huntly community.
A caravanserai is a traditional roadside inn where travelers, and their camels, could rest and recover from the day's journey. They supported the flow of commerce, information and people across the network of trade routes covering Asia and North Africa into Europe. These inns brought traders together, creating a platform for cultural and economic exchange. At its smallest point, Morocco is only separated from Europe by 8 miles, over the Straight of Gibraltar. On a fine day you can easily see Africa from Europe and vice versa. Despite this, for many, the psychological distance between these continents is staggering. With this in mind, we considered what it means to have a home; can home only exist in one place? What does it mean to be a nomad, a migrant or a settler today?