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date: 22 September 2020

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This chapter suggests ways in which accounts of particular, situated voices might work in a dialectic with general theories of “the voice.” It begins from five geographically proximate but ontologically far-flung voice-s, each revealed as real in its own way by five different situated practices: a political demonstration in Mumbai, a samā in which poems are sung for members of the Chisti Sufi brotherhood, a staged “Sufi” event, the editing of a playback singer’s vocal track, and a diagnosis in a voice clinic. It goes on to reflect in general on the practices and infrastructures that allow particular voices to show up as real, demonstrating that voices not only are different, but are differently. Finally, it turns to cases in which voices show up indeterminately: as muddled and unresolvable, or binaurally, as two things as once—thus offering a way into the ambiguities and contestations that animate a vocal “politics of what.”

Keywords: ethnomusicology, ontology, vocal practice, politics, Mumbai, Islam, South Asia, Sufism

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