Zomba prison project: Hear freeing music made by inmates

A collective of inmates at the Zomba maximum security prison in Malawi may be this year's least likely Grammy contenders.
The Zomba Prison Project, recorded by veteran producer Ian Brennan, sheds light on life in a Malawi prison. (Zomba Prison Project)

A collective of inmates at the Zomba maximum security prison in Malawi may be this year's least likely Grammy contenders. Nominated in the category of World Music, the group is not comprised of professional musicians. Far from it. 

The aging brick prison holds men and women charged with familiar crimes, but also homosexuality and witchcraft. Some children under the age of five also live in the jail, alongside their mothers.

Today veteran producer Ian Brennan joins Shad to describe the harsh conditions inside the overcrowded jail, and how music eases the bleakness of life behind bars. 

WEB EXTRA | Watch a short documentary about the project and see a few images below. 

Some of the prisoners in Zomba are charged with homosexuality and witchcraft. (Marilena Delli)
The Zomba Prison Project sheds light on life in a maximum security jail in Malawi. (Marilena Delli)


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