While the superstar names recently nominated for a Grammy grabbed the headlines, the most unexpected nominees were a group of male and female maximum security prisoners in Malawi, many of whom are serving a life sentence. The Zomba Prison Project’s I Have No Everything Here scored a surprise nomination in the Best World Music Album category, and Al Jazeera peered inside the making of the LP.
“The idea had been fermenting for quite a long time,” producer Ian Brennan said of the undertaking. “Wanting to not only to give voice to people who are under-heard or underrepresented internationally, but also to go even deeper into some of the most under-heard and underrepresented people of these populations. My belief is almost everyone is musical and I think that people that are under-heard have even more to express potentially.”