Malawi misses out on Fair Play music contest


The country has missed out on this year’s Fair Play 2020 Anti-Corruption Youth Voices competition with the three selected winners coming from Nigeria, Italy and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Last year Faith Mussa made it to top three winners with his song ‘Don’t Run Away’.

The ‘Mdidi’ hit maker went on to participate in several workshops and performances as well as attending the Anti-corruption conference in Netherlands.


Organisers of the contest said they were excited to announce the three official winners of the 2020 Anti-Corruption Youth Voices competition namely ‘Sound the Alarm’ by Cill from Nigeria, ‘Rolling on by Shanti Powa from Italy and ‘Biloko ya Boye’ by Alesh from DR Congo.

The organisers said in a statement that they received 100 submissions from activist musicians from 20 countries across the world and that their international digital jury selected the winners.

The statement further says the winners’ performances will be streamed at the 2020 Digital International Anti-Corruption conference running from November 30 to December 5 2020.


The contest is driven by among others, JM International and Transparency International, who have since congratulated all musicians especially 10 shortlisted nominees for their social and artistic commitment.

It is not clear as to how many artists from Malawi participated in the competition.

Apart from Mussa’s success last year, Mafilika once also came out top in the competition and toured Europe.

Mussa said Tuesday it was unfortunate that Malawi has not made it this year.

“It’s a good platform. I think the best benefit for me was the platforms I got to present my work afterwards. Fair Play Anti-Corruption Youth Voices is a global anti-corruption music video competition for young musicians aged 18 to 35 years.

The project which is implemented in partnership between JMI Foundation, World Bank Institute, and the Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network, aims to engage young musicians as ambassadors for the anti-corruption cause and utilises the appeal of music videos to deliver a global anti-corruption campaign.

The Fair Play website showcases all the videos submitted to Fair Play and serves as a platform for connecting socially conscious artists and audiences around the world.

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