Corruption Watch has collaborated with feisty young up & coming artist, Fiesta Black, to create a hard-hitting song that expresses the exasperation that many people feel about the high levels of corruption in South Africa.
The song “Hayi Basile”, which loosely translated means “They are wicked”, is being released by Corruption Watch on 9 December, to coincide with the United Nations-designated International Anti-Corruption Day, established by the UN to raise awareness of corruption and of the role of the UN Convention against Corruption in combating and preventing corruption.
Fiesta Black, like many other young South Africans, has experienced the effects of corruption and how people so easily get away with illegal actions. Her decision to collaborate with Corruption Watch on this song is use her creativity to voice the frustrations of so many young people who feel powerless in their own country.
David Lewis, Executive Director of Corruption Watch, explains the organisation’s motivation for collaborating on a house music track that focuses on corruption, why it is targeting young people, and what it hopes to achieve through this.
“The opportunity to work with Fiesta Black was something we could not turn down. She is a wonderful fresh new talent, and we think she has the profile right now to reach young people, and to create a bit of a stir.”
“Our decision to use a song to expose corruption was quite intentional,” Lewis continued, “informed in part by the results of a survey we conducted with young people earlier this year, many of whom said they would consider participating in an anti-corruption campaign that used music, art or theatre. And it takes us that much closer to our goal of trying to build a culture of activism among the youth in fighting corruption.”
The lyrics of the song profile those in positions of power who lead lavish lifestyles at the expense of others, and how it is ordinary people who work hard who bear the brunt of this. The song also carries a message to the youth that if you condone or offer bribes, you are part of the problem, “just as wicked as them”.
Corruption Watch will be officially launching its Youth Campaign in 19 February 2015 at an event that will feature a performance by Fiesta Black.
Clearly, merely releasing a song will not change things overnight, and this is just one of the channels Corruption Watch is using to get young people involved in the fight against corruption. Other activities include the launch on 9 December of a Pan-African writing and photographic competition, My Corruption Free Africa, which invites entries from across the continent featuring stories and images with the theme of “Corruption through my eyes”. Corruption Watch has also collaborated with FunDza to release a 7 chapter fictional story on the Mxit platform about corruption in the licensing sector, running from 5 – 11 December.
For a link to the song go to: www.corruptionwatch.org.za