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The band was nominated for 2016 Grammy Awards The band was nominated for 2016 Grammy Awards

Malawi prison band to release debut album

Written by  Blessings KANG'OMBE in Ntcheu district Apr 18, 2016

Officials of the Malawi prison reform band have disclosed plans to release a debut album mid this year.

The music group comprises members who are inmates, serving sentences at Zomba Maximum security prison.

The 10 song album recorded in Malawi's commercial city of Blantyre by James Kajawo of JK studio is scheduled to be released in June this year.

Titled "Umboni Ndilinawo" in the local vernacular which translates to "I have a testimony" features songs like "Dzandioneni kundende, Chigumula, Tendai and Osalemba ana ang'ono ntchito" among other songs.

Band leader for the music outfit reveals to Capital FM that it has taken them three years to come up with the yet to be released album.

Thomas Binamo disclosed to have taken along time in finishing the project due to challenges in regards to inmates release from prison.

"We have to reschedule the release of the album as majority of our members are inmates and some have been released at a time we need them most.

"In view of that, it has been a set back to us since we were forced to lop in new skills to fit it the saddles of released prisoners," Binamo explained.

The band leader however promised Malawians of good music as the album has different genres especially of traditional touch to suit the Malawian culture.

He stated the combination of different touch arrived since all the members had a chance in composing a song each in a bid of showing individual talents.

Binamo has called for total support from all circles as this will help to motivates band members as well as future members hence raising Malawi flag on international map.

"I Have No Everything Here" was recorded in 2013 by American Grammy Award winning producer Ian Brenner who later gave it international exposure.

Recently the band was nominated for 2016 Grammy award in the best world music category but failed to win.


The award was won by Angelique Kidjo of Benin.

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