Zomba Prison Project Scores Grammy Nomination From Behind Bars

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Earlier this month, the Grammy nominations were announced and unsurprisingly included the biggest pop stars of today like Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, and Ed Sheeran. However, the World Music Category this year sees something different, a true David and Goliath story coming all the way from the country of Malawi in Africa, which is currently ranked the poorest country in the world. From behind prison walls, comes the Grammy- nominated Zomba Prison Project band for their album I Have No Everything Here.

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Over 2,000 men and women are incarcerated at Zomba Central Prison, which dates back to 1923 and is falling apart. Prisoners have been convicted of offenses that include theft and murder but even acts of homosexuality are illegal there and carry a fourteen- year prison sentence. What’s more, many women are held for acts of witchcraft. The building is stuffed to ten times its capacity and prisoners are forced to sleep head-to-toe like sardines.

In an effort to raise awareness, Grammy- award winning producer Ian Brennan and his wife, Italian documentary filmmaker Marilena Delli, founded the Zomba Prison project. Around 60 inmates were involved in making the record and range in age from 22 to 70 years old. Proceeds from the album help provide legal representation and other support for the prisoners. Through the project, three of the women have been granted release so far and three more cases are currently under review.

To learn more about The Zomba Prison Project, click here.

Also, be sure to check out the Mini Documentary below.

 

 

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