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.
November 2, 2020
Infused with me’: Interviews with Swati singers on singing and the breath
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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.