A group of inmates in a Malawian prison, Zomba Prisons, many of them serving life sentences for offences including murder and theft, have found themselves nominated for a Grammy award for best album in the world music category.
“I was shocked. Absolutely shocked… The other four nominated artists all have roots that go back decades, so to see this group of completely unknown people from what is really a lesser known country get recognised is really humbling,” said Ian Brennan, who produced the album.
Recorded in the summer of 2013, 16 inmates wrote and performed the songs for the album, I Have No Everything Here. They are the first Malawian musicians to be nominated at the prestigious Grammys. But Brennan doesn’t know if the prisoners involved have been informed of their historic nomination, as all communication with them must go through the prison commissioner or local NGOs.
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