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Music Crossroads launches anti-graft music competition

MUSIC Crossroads Zimbabwe Trust, a life skills and music training organisation, is calling for local artistes to compete in a music competition themed on the issue of fighting corruption.

The musicians must be aged below 35 years, belonging to a group of not more than five members and must come up with original songs.


Dubbed, “Fair Play-Anti Corruption Youth Voices,” the competition is an initiative by the Global Anti-Corruption Youth Network, a worldwide network of civil society organisations with the specific agenda of fighting corruption.

It was organised with support from Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI), the world’s largest non-profit youth organisation working in the field of music, and the World Bank Institute (WBI).

Fair Play is part of a worldwide campaign which seeks to bring together artists from different countries with the aim to increase awareness, among youth, of the role they can play in fighting corruption in their countries.

The campaign builds a network where youth can develop their capacity to be effective agents of change and governance reform. It has nine international musical ambassadors — young artistes from Bangladesh, Burundi, Cameroon, Colombia, Lebanon, Macedonia, Philippines, Sierra Leone, West Bank and Zimbabwe. These ambassadors have recorded and released their own original tracks on corruption in order to motivate and engage young people worldwide in the fight against corruption.

In Zimbabwe, the campaign’s ambassador is the group African Destiny which was a runner up for the Music Crossroads Inter-Regional Festival held in Zambia in August 2009.

The group has already recorded an anti-corruption track and are in the process of finalising the video for the track. At present the group is in Sweden where they are touring a total of 11 cities courtesy of the Music Crossroads programme. They are due back in the country on February 27.

According to Hanifa Gutu, Music Crossroads communications manager, the competition is not an Idols type of competition.

“It is a call for young musicians to join the global anti-corruption youth movement and ensure that their messages are heard by the global community”.

Music Crossroads, Gutu says, will only be responsible for collection and submission of entry materials to the competition and not the actual selection of winning groups.

Three winning groups of Fair Play will be invited to perform in Brussels, Belgium at the International Global Anti-Corruption Network Summit. Interested parties should contact the Music Crossroads Zimbabwe Trust offices during office hours. The deadline for submitting entries for the competition is the March 31. –– Staff Writer.

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