A few months ago I spent five days in the Tunisian market town of Nabeul. Situated in northeastern Tunisia on the south coast near to the Cap Bon peninsula, Nabeul was originally founded in the 5th century BC by the Greeks of Cyrene, serving as a trade port.
Following the Tunisian revolution, tourism has taken somewhat of a hit meaning the town was pretty quiet in terms of visitors. We had many great exchanges with locals and I made the most of staying in the vibrant Medina by recording a number of ambiances.
From the open roof terrace of our hotel, I stood still and quiet one evening to record the “Isha” call to prayer.
“Isha” is the night prayer, and is announced after dark. Nabeul has two main mosques in the medina, plus other call to prayers can be heard in the distance.
I’d been in a “salon de the” in Nabeul for a mint tea and a shisha pipe, when I heard a lot of car horns. I quickly realised this was a wedding celebration. The procession drove around the block quite a few times, before heading off in the distance. A bit later, as I was walking back to our hotel, I came across the party again, this time in a small alley in the Medina. They were celebrating with a traditional Tunisian band, so I stopped and recorded this soundscape.
The Medina in Nabeul was always buzzing. Although the busiest market day is Friday, everyday is market day. It’s an area alive with colour, smells and sounds. I decided to record a soundwalk one afternoon, as I walked from the entrance of the Medina to the exit on the other side.
It was great to visit another part of the world and experience the sights, smells and of course, the sounds!