HomeMeet Your CASA Ambassador: Tone Siwela [Ohio (US) / Africa]

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Tone Siwela

When did you first become involved in a cappella? In what capacity?
I first got involved with a cappella in 1993 as a singer when I went to a very musical high school. I was always a singer but lacked discipline till that point. I then evolved musically all through a cappella.

When did you first become involved with CASA?
Initially I made contact with CASA back in 1999/2000 when I had a group that I wanted to register in the CASA database. In the capacity of ambassador it has been since the summer of 2011.

What geographical area do you cover as a CASA ambassador?

I cover two areas. The state of Ohio with Nick [http://www.casa.org/content/meet-your-casa-ambassador-nicholas-thompson-ohio-us] as a co-ambassador as well as the continent of Africa alone with Leroux Botha.

What role do you play as a CASA ambassador and/or what role would you like to play?
I represent CASA in promoting a cappella as much as I can whenever there is an opportunity to by creating a one-stop source for all a cappella related events/things. Currently I am facilitating the submission of CARA awards prospects from Africa who are submitting for the first time and many are actually just now knowing of CASA for the first time.

What do you do for work and play?
I work at Nationwide as a Benefits Admin and I hardly get enough play time as dad to a little girl. I guess one can say that is the extent of my play time. Concurrently with all that, I am involved with my personal a cappella groups that are faith based. Lately I have been dabbling into the production side of everything.

Tell us one thing about yourself people would be surprised to learn

I speak 7 languages. 5 of them fluently.

Favorite a cappella group?
It is a close tie between Take 6 and Naturally 7

Favorite type of music?

Vocal Jazz

Favorite a cappella concert?

SoJam 2011, Durham, NC - Naturally 7 & The Boxettes

Anything you'd like the CASA readership to know about your area?
There so little known or heard in terms a cappella music from Africa and that is going to change soon. As co-ambassador for 2 vast areas I use the experience I get in a geographic area to better another.