The 3 winning bands of the Fair Play 2012 competition - Youssra El Hawary (Egypt, 1st place), SIMPONI (Indonesia, 2nd place) and S3 (DR Congo, 3rd place), who already captivated virtual audiences worldwide with their winning anti-corruption music videos, performed live in Brasília 06 November at the Orla Clube de Engenharia and 10 November 2012 at the Ulysses Guimarães Convention Center as part of the 3rd Global Voices Against Corruption Forum and 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) of Transparency International.

The Fair Play concert at the IACC, opened by President Dilma Rousseff and attended by more than 2,000 anti-corruption leaders from around the world, was a unique opportunity to bring this project, winner of a World Summit Youth Award and European Youth Award to a new global stage. Now in its 3rd year, Fair Play is organized by the JMI Foundation, the Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network, and the World Bank Institute with the aim to amplify the voices of youth in the anti-corruption movement and build, through music, global solidarity and action against corruption.

“We’re happy to be in Latin America… the continent of struggle, of people’s movement, of social movement” SIMPONI band manager Berkah Gamulya said addressing the audience. SIMPONI (Rendy Ahmad Syaifullah – vocals/ guitar, Berkah “Mul” Gamulya – angklung/vocals, Asef “Bunky” Sofiana – guitar/vocals, Fani Perdana Pinandhita – guitar/vocals, Denis Arwindra – bass guitar) opened their performance with a cover of ‘Dona Dona’ by Joan Baez, for which lead vocalist and guitarist Rendy Ahmad was joined onstage for an impromptu duet with Transparency International founder Peter Eigen. An emotional moment for the audience, who welcomed this as both a gesture of appreciation for SIMPONI’s compelling music, and of solidarity for their ongoing efforts as anti-corruption activists in Indonesia. Watch SIMPONI’s winning video ‘Vonis’.

From Egypt, the Youssra El Hawary band (Youssra El Hawary - accordion/vocals, Shadi El-Hosseiny – piano/melodica, Ayman Mabrouk – percussion, Sedky Sakhr – recorder/ harmonica/ vocals) impressed audiences with the performance of their Fair Play 2012 winning song ‘El Soor’ and other equally nuanced, delicate yet powerful works including ‘On the Street’ for which the group has just released a new video.

Lastly to the stage came the explosive energy of Congolese rapper S3 who, joined by Congolese artist Junior Kadiebwe (piano) and guests Denis Arwindra (from SIMPONI) and Ayman Mabrouk (from Youssra El Hawary band) delivered an intense performance. The works performed, including S3’s winning track ‘Conscience’ produced a heated response from the audience for their strong lyrics which speak to, and call for unity in addressing, the ongoing injustice, corruption, and war suffered by his people in Goma and around the world.

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75 videos from 35 countries were submitted to the 3rd edition of the Fair Play global music video competition for original songs by young bands (18-35 years) on the theme of anti-corruption, presented by the JMI Foundation, the Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network and the World Bank Institute.

Fair Play is proud to announce the winners of this year’s competition:

1st: Youssra El Hawary (Cairo, Egypt) - ‘El Soor (The Wall)’
Released in April 2012, with lyrics by political cartoonist and poet Waleed Taher, El Soor features the 29 year old Youssra El Hawary in front of a graffiti covered wall, one of the many erected by the army to block the passage between Muhammad Mahmoud street and Tahrir Square and downtown Cairo. The humoristic style of El Hawary’s approach exemplifies the strength of young revolutionaries in Egypt and around the world, who refuse to be intimidated and defeated by obstacles placed in their paths. Watch Video

2nd: SIMPONI (Jakarta, Indonesia) - ‘Vonis (Verdict)’
The video highlights the conflict Indonesian youth face in being torn between two historical realities: a patriotic history of Indonesia’s young founding fathers and mothers, and the contemporary reality of corrupt politicians and officials eroding the people’s promise in the future. Within this context, Vonis serves as a call for unity and action: “We are making a movement / We are not a silent generation / Share your wild imagination / We are building a revolution”. Watch Video

3rd: S3 (Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo) - ‘Conscience’
In ‘Conscience’ S3 speaks about how international interests in the resources of DR Congo are protected above the interests and human rights of civilians, highlighting the hypocrisy of foreign policy and aid, and calling for global awareness and consciousness. Watch Video

Public Vote: Dr. Sley & Da Green Soljas (Buea, Cameroon) - ‘Down by the Riverside’
‘Down by the Riverside’ was the number 1 voted video by Fair Play supporters, receiving 15,666 votes. The song points to the involvement of various groups in perpetuating corruption within our societies, from police, to religious leaders, doctors, lawyers, politicians, teachers, drug dealers, and tax collectors, calling on individuals to stop their corrupt ways. Watch Video

As winners, Youssra El Hawary, SIMPONI, and S3 will join 1,500 + anti-corruption activists from around the globe as participants of the 3rd Voices Against Corruption Forum (5-6 Nov) organized by the Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network and the 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference (7-10 Nov) organized by Transparency International, and will perform live 10 Nov at the Ulysses Guimarães Convention Center (CCUG) in Brasilia, Brazil.

We wish to thank the international Fair Play jury, all the participants, project partners, and supporters for their collaboration and continued efforts in the fight against corruption.
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The deadline for video submissions to Fair Play 2012 is now closed! Bigups to all the artists who've contributed their voice to this 2012 global anti-corruption campaign - it does not stop here, our struggle for justice and transparency continues.

Congratulations to Dr. Sley & Da Green Soljas of Cameroon - the public have voted 'Down by the Riverside' as the no.1 video of Fair Play 2012!

Now.. over to the international Fair Play jury to determine which 3 bands will be heading to Brazil! Stay tuned here for updates!
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By Martina Perino

During the Arab Spring last year I kept thinking “finally the youth is at center stage”. I assumed that every government, society and community would start considering the demands of the youth, I thought the young people would suddenly have a say in society and their concerns would be met worldwide. This did not happen as change does not happen overnight; great goals are only achieved through hard work. The youth worldwide has been working for their spot in every country and their efforts are rarely recognized.

De Bruces a Mi is a six-man reggae band that has been at the forefront of the youth demands in Colombia. Their popularity has grown in their 13 year musical career and their message for justice, socio-economic integration has continued to grasp people’s attention. They have never stopped working and representing their reality, they continue their quest in denouncing social inequity of the youth. De Bruces a Mi vocalist, Mauricio Osorio, has always been attracted to music for its potential to transmit a feeling but most importantly inspires reflection and a “spiritual revolution” which leads to action and change.

Their song “Soy una Roca” (I am a rock) won them an international award for best anti-corruption song in 2011, an award by Fair Play, sponsored by the JMI Foundation, World Bank Institute, and Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network. When I interviewed them they were humbled by their victory and the opportunity to perform their first show abroad. Their song had been chosen amongst more than 100 others simply showing that there is an international movement of young people who used their limited means to spread a message of social change and justice.

‘Soy una Roca’ was written as a means to combat the political corruption in their home country, which deeply affects everyday life. The title reflects the lack of fear they have in standing up against the system that encourages financial advances even if through illegal and corrupt channels.

Listening to the song I could not stop thinking about a few lines that may strike a chord with so many worldwide. The striking line "tanto que has hecho y nada has reparado" (Much you have done and you have fixed nothing) can easily be related to by anyone who feels that their government may have promised reforms and yet not followed through to resolve the most pressing issues. But in Colombia’s context, De Bruces a Mi referred to the impunity in their country, like the ineffective fight against drug trafficking and the people that benefit from such chaos that are not persecuted. The words "Vengo Protegido " (I’m protected) show how the band feels protected by the support of the audience and the strength of the truth.

De Bruces a Mi are part of a global youth movement rooted in their local reality but with worldwide relevance thanks to shared experiences and connected through the web and other interactive media. Their determination, commitment, and courage ought to be supported and initiatives such as Fair Play are great to give youth a voice. Main stream media often neglects socially engaged artists and their efforts but the battle for justice continues. It is up to the audience to search and learn how they can be part of the movement to contribute to a world without corruption and where the voice of the youth is heard.

In 2012, De Bruces a Mi released a new album titled Elemento Sorpresa available for free download here.

Martina Perino is a freelance writer born in Italy and raised in Africa. She holds a Bachelor’s in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and a postgraduate degree in Social Policy and Management for social development from the University of Cape Town, and has lived and worked in Burkina Faso, Botswana, Algeria, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Mozambique, Swaziland, South Africa, and DR Congo for a variety of civil society organizations. A consultant for Nomadic Wax, Martina is currently based in Zambia.
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This year’s Fair Play anti-corruption music video competition has seen an outstanding participation of artists from Croatia. In their lyrics, the musicians express strong political messages, calling for the government to end its corrupt practices or step down entirely. The following is a look back at the issues and social movements of the last year which have fueled the socio-political engagement of Croatian artists.

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