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  • interview September 22, 2016

    Ian Brennan on the Zomba Prison Project

    Ian Brennan is the intrepid producer behind the 2015 Grammy-nominated Zomba Prison Project, a groundbreaking recording session in a maximum security prison in Malawi. The original album, I Have No Everything Here, and the 2016 follow up release, I Will … Read more »

  • program September 20, 2016

    Off the Beaten Track in Malawi and Burkina Faso

    This program ventures into corners of Africa we hear from rarely, guided by adventurous field recordists and crate diggers. The Zomba Prison Project is a set of recordings by inmates at a maximum security prison in Malawi, currently the poorest … Read more »

  • blog December 10, 2015

    The Zomba Prison Project Earns Malawi’s First Grammy Nomination

    Usually, caring about the Grammys is a one-way ticket to disappointment—we feel for you, Kendrick—but it was a pleasant surprise, then, to find so much Afropop worth celebrating on this year’s newly released list of nominees. Not only is Kendrick … Read more »

  • blog April 9, 2015

    Let Creativity Take Over: The Very Best on “Makes A King”

    From the brilliant acronym of the title (More To Malawi Than Madonna’s Kids) to the pulsing electro-pop of tracks like “Kondaine” or “We OK,”  The Very Best’s 2012 album MTMTMK was one of our favorite releases of that year, and … Read more »

  • blog August 20, 2012

    Review/Photos: The Very Best Live in NYC

    Songs that put the “pop” in Afropop have always had the ability to bust through genre barriers.  From Manu Dibango’s “Soul Makossa” to Angelique Kidjo’s “Batonga” to Mory Kante’s “Yeke Yeke” and Youssou N’Dour’s “Seven Seconds,” songs with great melodic … Read more »

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