Lonely Planet Writer

Malawi prison band may not know about Grammy

The maximum security prison in Zomba, Malawi isn’t the sort of place where Grammy-nominated albums are typically recorded, yet a group of inmates, many of them serving life sentences for crimes including murder and theft, have found themselves nominated for best album in the world music category.

Zomba, Malawi.
Zomba, Malawi. Image by David Davies / CC BY-SA 2.0

Recorded in the summer of 2013, the album I Have No Everything Here was written and performed by 16 inmates. Zomba, as they are known, are the first Malawian musicians ever to be nominated for a Grammy. Their producer noted that he isn’t sure if any of the prisoners involved have actually been informed of their historic nomination yet, as all communication must go through the prison commissioner or local NGOs. Read more: theguardian.com