One BBC radio interview in the can, another with Reuters about to commence in the next few minutes and a week with an embedded journalist? Sounds like AfricanSurfer Media may be going mainstream.
Hanging out on the beach with local Dries, near Rabat…
Perhaps our new friend was just being polite when he offered us his spare room in Rabat on our way north but we bulldozed the niceties and took him up on it. The intention was to stay for one night but three realities conspired to keep us there for a week:
- Rabat’s sophisticated but laid-back ambiance, seen especially along the “Petit Champs-Élysées” in Agdal – on our host’s doorstep,
- A small incident with a break-in to Mzee, and
- Our hosts’ apartment’s dual position as social HQ for the city’s trendy 20-somethings and launch-pad to the intense nightclub scene in the Moroccan capital.
It’s been a bit of a wild ride.
Is this a scene from our hosts’ apartment or from one of Rabat’s outrageous nightclubs? We can’t remember either…
The week passed by in a blur of surf, tagine, pizza, black market liquor, go-go dancers, minimal amounts of sleep and general hedonism.
Our hosts’ apartment is officially trashed but – judging by the man’s permanent smile and constant excited exclamations – we don’t think he minds too much.
Secondly, in more staid but no less important news, AfricanSurfer appears on the ‘Beeb’ today. I hope you were all tuned into the BBC’s Africa Service at 04h30 and 06h30 this morning because the radio interview we did with the BBC’s correspondent in Morocco yesterday went out to the whole continent at those times.
It only took three double whiskeys and two Moroccan coffees for Lurks to perfect his gravelly radio voice
In case you weren’t, we have the audio file and we’ll post it as soon as we work out how to… Meanwhile, check out the print article here.
The journo who did the interview was James Copnall, a veteren Africa correspondent who reported on the war in Cote d’Ivoire a few years back amongst other things. We wish he kept recording our chat after the interview, the man has some fascinating views on the continent, much like his good friend Yohannes Mekbebe, the owner of the holding company launching Bantu – the first pan-African surfwear label and our generous sponsor – and the catalyst for this sudden mainstream media attention.
The last interview of the three is about to commence, right now we find ourselves racing on a super-impressive Moroccan train towards a meeting with the Reuter’s correspondent in Rabat – Tom Pheiffer. We’ll let you know the details once its done.
Tomorrow we head north to Chefchaouen, Tangier and the immenent crossing into Europe. Spain’s going to have to play out of it’s boots to match Morocco…
Stone in Agdal, throwing out a laid back yet spohisticated vibe with one half of the dynamic duo Kool & the Dog- otherwise known as our good friends Sophia Chraibi & Pitchu!