Creative Work

November 2, 2020

Infused with me’: Interviews with Swati singers on singing and the breath

Tessa Ware

To create this piece, six female Swati singers told me about their experiences of singing and of breathing, in relation to one another. Plans of getting together and co-creating a piece, unfortunately had to change due to the pandemic. Instead, I have examined their words and their musical work and combined what I have found into a piece where the six voices are in conversation; a piece that looks at a variety of outlooks on the meaning of music, which sometimes overlap, and what it feels like to breathe whilst making it.

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About Tessa Ware

I am currently teaching Anthropology and History at Waterford Kamhlaba in eSwatini. I did my honours in the former subject at the University of the Witwatersrand as a Mandela Rhodes scholar. The latter was a component of my undergraduate degree (in History, English and Anthropology) at the university currently known as Rhodes. Whilst doing these degrees I produced ethnographic work on migration and tourism. More recently, I have been drawn to collaborative ethnography and climate crisis research. I do not only produce academic work. I am also a musician. I have sung most of my life, later learnt piano and (much later) guitar. I have written music both by myself and collaboratively for ten years and have performed for the last twenty. Ethnography and music are both, of course, creative pursuits; ones which have framed my development as a person and with which I am sure I will continue to grow.