Stamps alum Masimba Hwati (MFA ’19) recently published an essay in March, a journal of art and strategy.
Hwati’s essay, The Black Market Sound: Sampling a Micropolitical Terrain of Listening, Resistance, and Refusal, offers readers coordinates to assist in immersing oneself into embedded sonic thinking located in the philosophy of the Shona people of Zimbabwe.
The essay focuses on the phonetic nature of Shona language, the sonic scapes of the Black market and the flea market, and ideas such as spontaneous synchronization and syncopation and how these are intertwined with politics, speech listening, and being.
“My gratitude to the editors Gelare Khoshgozaran, Sarrita Hunn, James McAnally, and everyone who put in the labour in editing and shaping this work,” Hwati said. “I hope this can be a generous introduction into an area that I think needs a lot of deep listening.”
The Black Market Sound: Sampling a Micropolitical Terrain of Listening, Resistance, and Refusal