This week before the Academy Awards, February 24 to 28, ONE.org and Accountability Lab will unveil a category for our Honesty Oscars 2014, an award that honors not Hollywood films, but the creative work of activists and organizations that fight global corruption. And raising the LIB’s morale on this international stage are the artists that made the Pot Boiling Remix famous, as the song contends for the top prize in Category 3 (Best Activist Anthem) of the Honesty Oscars 2014. Vote for your favorites, and the winners will be announced on Oscar night, Sunday, March 2.
Like the “Best Original Song,” category at the Academy Awards, the Best Activist Anthem category honors 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 recognized the power of music in protest and accountability with the Agit8 and Hip-Co Festival projects, so this category is very dear to our hearts.
Voting for this category closes Sunday, March 2, 6PM ET. The five nominees for the Best Activist Anthem are:
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 on 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.”
5. “Pot Boiling Remix”
By Xpolay ft. Romeo Lee, JD Donzo, Luckay Buckay, Takun J, and Bentman tha Don.
This song by Liberia’s most prominent “Hip Co” street rap musicians will capture your attention. They combine skill and send a candid message 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.
Watch video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBoCDMaqL6w
The Accountability Lab is an independent, project-driven “for purpose” organization 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 organizations around the world in the quest to share information that helps create more accountable societies.
Blair Glencorse is founder and executive director of the Accountability Lab. Previously, he worked on issues of state and market-building across Africa, Asia the Middle-East and Latin America at the Institute for State Effectiveness and the Aspen Institute, and on post-conflict and fragile states at the World Bank. In 2012 he was named one of the top “99 under 33” Foreign Policy Leaders by Diplomatic Courier magazine.