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Artists play a very crucial role in disseminating messages on different issues affecting the society and one of them is corruption which has taken its place in the world.

The impact of corruption on our communities cannot be fully conveyed in numbers or reports and thus to understand how it affects the lives of people, there is a need to listen to people’s voices.

It is in this vein that JM International and Transparency International are out re-launching the Fair Play Anti-Corruption Youth Voices.

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This competition is in conjunction with the 17th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Panama, which is to be held from December 1 to 4, 2016.

The Fair Play Anti-Corruption Youth Voices is a global competition for original songs by young bands of members aged 18-35years on the theme of anti-corruption.

According to information on www.anticorruptionmusic. org, through the competition, bands raise awareness within their communities whilst contributing to the global call for accountability.

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Over the past five years, Fair Play is said to have fostered an international movement of socially conscious artists and citizens worldwide, highlighting the role of youth and music in combating and preventing corruption.

Artists and bands are thus invited to submit their videos from September 25 to October 25, 2016.

“Participants who submitted their videos for the 2014 Tunis edition will be automatically taken into consideration for the 2016 competition,” a statement from the organisers.

The Tunisian edition of Fair Play is said to have been postponed due to conflicting dates between the IACC and the Tunisian elections.

According to the organisers, an international jury will select one winning band or artist, will win a trip to Panama to perform and participate at the 17th International Anti-Corruption Conference in December 2016.

The platform will give the winning band a chance to make their voices heard at the most important anti-corruption event in the world.

The winner of the competition will be announced on the Fair Play website early November.

Music Crossroads Malawi Director Mathews Mfune has since called on artists and bands in the country to participate in the competition and stand a chance of performing in Panama.

“As Music Crossroads we are a member and so we have always made it simpler for artists to participate. Mafilika once won the contest and were invited to perform in Belgium but now it will be in Panama,” Mfune said.

He said artists and bands can get all the information through their office or go directly to the website.

“Artists just need to follow the instructions of the competition and send the information needed. They can send directly and then give us a shout so that we put them on the list and also recommend them so this turns out to be an added advantage,” he said.

Mfune said the competition was open to all artists as long as they are within the age range being asked.

“You can enter as a group or individual but usually it’s a group because you need to be performers since you are given a big stage to perform,” Mfune said.

He said this was another chance for artists in the country to shine and show their prowess and called upon them to participate and be able to fly the country’s flag in Panama once successful.

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