Alesh Video Wins Anti-Corruption Music Award
Congratulations to Alesh and Ben Herson for being amongst the three winners of the Anti-Corruption
music awards!. Fair Play is an awareness-raising program and network
building effort to connect socially conscious artists and citizens worldwide, brought to you by the JMI
Foundation, the World Bank Institute and the Global Youth Anti-Corruption Youth Network.
Nomadic Wax met Alesh in Kinshasa in DR Congo in August 2011 during its trip funded by Development
Alternatives Inc (put link of Ed’s DAI article). During Nomadic Wax’s stay in Kinshasa Alesh took the NW
team to Kindele, a poor neighborhood in the outskirt of Kinshasa where Scotty, another great rapper,
lived. The ‘Reveil’ video was shot in Kindele in just an hour, the energy level was high and the video
reflects the hope youth have and the reality in which they live. The song was written before the 2008
elections and Alesh wanted a video to re-ignite critical thoughts about the 2011 elections.
Although the video was later on banned in parts of DRC, Nomadic Wax encouraged Alesh to submit the
video to Fairplay. This year Fairplay received 74 videos from all corners of the world and Alesh’s video
obtained almost 10.000 votes. This victory shows that his message resonates with a great number of
people. Alesh has won a trip to Brazil, where he will perform live in Brasilia and participate in the 3rd
GYAC Voices Against Corruption Forum.
Keep up the good work!