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I will not stop singing

by Zomba Prison Project

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  • If you wish to donate to the Zomba Prison Project, please do so at the following link where you can send funds directly to Sister Anna in Malawi via her Paypal account.

    Additionally, to say thank you to the people who have already donated to the Zomba Prison Project, we are offering a specially-priced discounted bundle of the two albums on either CD or Digital format.

    Please help the Zomba Prison Project (Malawi) to continue

    Zomba Prison holds over 2,000 prisoners in a facility that was designed for a capacity of only 340. The inmates are only fed one meal per day, and during shortages can go for up to three days without food.
    All donations here will go directly to Sister Anna Tommasi who has devoted her life and work to helping Zomba and other Malawian prisons. Funds will be used for the ongoing food donations she does throughout each month, hospice care for those with advanced HIV/AIDS, assistance for the children of Zomba (female prisoners are allowed to keep one of their children up until age 5), and legal representation for select cases (in general, bail costs approximately a mere $100 usd and appeals around $275 each.)
    Many of the prisoners are monolingual Chichewa and well over half are officially reported as illiterate. This makes understanding their own legal hearings (which are conducted in English), quite difficult. A further obstacle for those that live far from Zomba is that transportation is often not available for them to be present at their own hearings.
    Please send any monetary donations to Sister Anna directly via Paypal at Associazione "Con Anna per il Malawi" Onlus
    An article in English with more information about her work can be found here in one of Malawi’s major newspapers:
    In addition to financial donations, books are needed for the two libraries (one is older and smaller, the other is a larger one that was just established by Sister Anna last year) within Zomba Prison. Also pens and notebooks are much needed by the school that educates hundreds inside the facility. And bars of soap are a basic necessity that is greatly valued and perennially in shortage.

    But please BEWARE that more expensive items could suffer very large customs charges to be received by the prison. So care should be taken to not send expensive physical items (e.g., laptops; musical instruments; etc.).
    And any item— but particularly food stuffs— could potentially be confiscated by the government at the border.
    Physical donations can be sent to:

    National Prison Headquarters
    P.O. Box 28
    Zomba, Malawi (there is no zip code)

    Please also consider sending donations of items or money to the Prison Fellowship, who also do very wonderful work in the country (and assisted with our initial introduction to the prison in 2013):

    Prison Fellowship Malawi
    Andiamo Loop Road
    P.O. Box 399
    Balaka, Malawi (no zip code)

    ZICOMO!!!!!! (“thank you”)
    Ian Brennan & Marilena Delli & Six Degrees

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Produced by author and Grammy-winner, Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Malawi Mouse Boys), the Zomba Prison Project’s debut album “I Have No Everything Here” was the surprise “world music” hit of 2015. Featuring prisoners and officers from Malawi’s maximum security prison— many that were previously non-musicians— the record offered songs of heartbreaking and forthright loneliness, regret, and despair coupled with a sense of resilience and courage under the most extreme of circumstances. The album received the first Grammy nomination ever for the country of Malawi, an honor that sadly the overwhelming majority of African nations have still yet to receive.

Brennan and his wife, Italian filmmaker and photographer, Marilena Delli, returned to the prison twice more in 2016 to compile a new album of equal gravity to - if not more so than - the first. The new recording is called “I Will Not Stop Singing” and its standout track, “I Will Never Stop Grieving for You, My Wife,” was born out of Brennan’s songwriting workshop on the very final day of recording. Done in a single take, the tune explores for the first time the writer’s emotions around the recent loss of his wife and mother of his four young children.

Earlier this year, Brennan’s fourth and latest book, How Music Dies (or Lives): Field-recording and the Battle for Democracy in the Arts, was published. The Zomba Prison Project is featured along with the extensive, other international recordings that Brennan has worked on


released September 9, 2016



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Zomba Prison Project Zomba, Malawi

Grammy-winning producer, Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, TV on the Radio) and his wife, Italian photographer and filmmaker, Marilena Delli, traveled to the border of Malawi and Mozambique specifically to document and record the music of prisoners at the maximum security prison in Zomba, a dilapidated brick structure designed to hold 340 people, today it houses over two thousand. ... more

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