‘Can’t Just Fight Corruption From Top’

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Accountability Lab in collaboration with Hip-Co artist Amaze has hosted its first “Corruption Must Go” campaign – an interactive forum that brought artists together to discuss the role music can play in the fight against corruption.

Fluent in delivery, Amaze urged everyone to get involved in the fight against corruption, especially parents.

Though he did not totally blame government for corruption, his stance was moderate, calling on parents not to compromise criminal acts when discovered in their children in the earlier stages of their lives.

Joining four other artists on stage Amaze said, “We can’t just fight corruption from the top. It is a thing that grows in someone from childhood, and this the reason parents need get involved.”

Responding to the audience’s question about the “decentralization plans” to spread the message to parents, Amaze said, “The funds are little but we will do our best starting with distributing 300 copies of the song in CD and audio.”

The campaign was hosted over the weekend at 146 Block, one of the hottest night spots in town, and brought together civil advocates, musicians and the like. Also gracing the occasion was British Ambassador David Belgrove.

After the screening of “Corruption Corruption” the audience applauded Amaze for being fair in sending a broad message that calls for everyone’s participation.

The key message in Amaze’s “Corruption Corruption” song and video is that corruption can be reduced only if it is not compromised during childhood development.

The one-day event gave artists the chance to discuss corruption from their own perspective, but on a broader basis, and to find a better way to balance spreading the message to eradicate corruption through music.

The initiative is supported by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and will soon be extended to a number of schools and universities in Monrovia and Buchanan.

“The problem with us is dishonesty; and if we cannot change our behavior, things will always remain the same,” said Takun J, owner of 146.

He openly condemned the way inequity and social justice is handled by the government, saying they lead many people, especially the poor, to suffer.

“We speak for the people through music and it is through music the voice of the people is heard,” Takun J told the audience.

For his part, reggae artist Nassieman said music is for the people, and when the message is properly disseminated the people become educated.

“The nation can’t grow when parents can’t get involved in the fight. Look at the high level of students’ bribery in schools; these are the feature leaders,” he added.

Meanwhile, the video of the events is now available on the Accountability Lab’s YouTube channel and the song audio can be streamed on Amaze’s Sound Cloud page now.

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