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I will not stop singing

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All Is Loss 01:49
Protect Me 03:01
Sharing Joy 02:31


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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