In the run up to the Academy Awards, ONE and Accountability Lab will unveil the nominations for our Honesty Oscars 2014, an award that honours not Hollywood films, but the creative work of activists and organisations that fight global corruption. Vote for your favourites, and we’ll announce the winners on Oscar night, Sunday, March 2.
Today, we unveil the third category: Best Activist Anthem. Like the Academy Awards’ “Best Original Song,” this category honours original songs that have truly inspired audiences to learn about the fight against global corruption and join the movement, too. Both ONE and Accountability Lab have recognised the power of music in protest and accountability with the agit8 and Hip Co Festival projects, so this category is very close to our hearts.
Scroll through the nominees, then vote for your favourite in the form below.
CATEGORY 3: BEST ACTIVIST ANTHEM
1. “Down By the Riverside”
By Dr and Da Green Soljas (Cameroon)
Down By The Riverside points to the involvement of all segments of society in corruption – from the police, to religious leaders, to doctors, lawyers, politicians, teachers, drug dealers, and tax collectors; and calls on individuals to stop their corrupt ways.
2. “El Soor” (The Wall)
By Youssra El Hawary (Egypt)
El Soor is a song and a story, whose star is the graffiti-covered wall erected to block access to Tahrir Square and downtown Cairo. Its uplifting style echoes the strength the young revolutionaries in Egypt and around the world, who refuse to be intimidated by the obstacles placed in their paths.
3. “Mujhse Hogi Shurvaat”
By I Paid a Bribe and the Shankar Mahadevan Academy (India)
By Sarabi Band featuring Juliani (Kenya)
Fuata Sheria is about the state of Kenya’s politics and of the failure of Kenya’s citizens to take responsibility for their contribution to the corrupt status quo. The song is a call for Kenyans to retrospect and judge, not just the political leaders, but to judge themselves as well, and to ‘fuata sheria’ , to respect the rule of law.” Juliani is an ambassador for our pan-African agriculture campaign, DO AGRIC.
5. “Pot Not Boiling”
By Xpolay and the Liberian Allstars (Liberia)
This song by Liberia’s most prominent “Hip Co” street rap musicians will capture your attention. They combine skill with candid messages about the problems that affect Liberian society, including lack of development, absence of leadership and rampant corruption. For many Liberians their pots are literally not boiling; they do not have enough food to eat.
Who would you nominate? Tell us the comments below! More nominees tomorrow.
About the Accountability Lab: We are an independent, project-driven “for purpose” organisation that engages civil society to develop unique innovations that help hold governments accountable. The Lab currently works with citizens in Liberia and Nepal, but is inspired by the creative efforts of people and organisations around the world in the quest to share information that helps create more accountable societies.