Malawi Prison band won’t be at Grammys: Secured nomination

A band made up of inmates from one of Malawi’s most congested prisons in Zomba which  secured the country’s first Grammy nomination will not be at the Grammy Awards  because the prisoners’ legal cases make international travel impossible, according to American music producer Ian Brennan.

Zomba Prison Project nominated for the Grammys.

Zomba Prison Project nominated for the Grammys.

The 2016 Grammys take place in Los Angeles, in United States  on 15 February.

Brennan, who worked   with convicts in the Zomba Prison Band, producing the album “I have no everything here” said the group will not be part of the audience when the results are announced  at  America’s biggest music awards, shortlisted for Best World Music Album

The Zomba prisoners band will compete at the star-studded eventa gainst Anoushka Shankar’s Home, Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s Music From Inala, Angelique Kidjo’s Sings and Gilberto Gil’s Gilbertos Samba Ao Vivo.

The band, many of whom are serving life sentences for murder wrote and recorded an album, I Have No Everything Here, in 2013 before releasing it last January, with songs including the deeply personal likes of “Don’t Hate Me”, “Prison of Sinners”, “I See the Whole World Dying of AIDS” and “Please, Don’t Kill My Child”.

Brennan who visited the band members in Zomba last week  aid he is encouraged with “beautiful” press coverage  for the band though he pointed out that has not necessarily resulted in more sales for the Zomba Prison Project music.

“International recordings that are not in English or Spanish sell very little, but hopefully a win could generate some additional sales,” he said.

“People around the globe have been very moved and captivated by Malawi and the prisoners’ story—BBC, Rolling Stone, Associated Press, Business Insider, The Guardian and New York Daily News, among others,” he said.

The Zomba Prison Project Music are  the first Malawian musicians to be nominated at the prestigious Grammys.

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3 thoughts on “Malawi Prison band won’t be at Grammys: Secured nomination”

  1. Ellard K says:


  2. Anzanu says:

    That’s great story.

  3. salador saan says:

    my prison brethren, as a prison alumni myself, may i suggest you send me to the grammys on your behalf because i see this white guy getting all the glory and eating all the proceeds from the record sales. mukuwona bwa?

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