From Transparency International:

We want to focus on a strange new trend

Yasiin Bey at the Blue Note

Yasiin Bey at the Blue Note

Image by Kathleen Maher

we’ve noticed: leaders facing serious allegations of corruption using music to try to clean up their image. 

This week, former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak – who is currently facing trial for the 1MDB corruption scandal and faces up to 200 years in prison - took to the recording studio, hiring a group of back-up singers to record a version of the 1970s hit soul ballad by The Manhattans, Kiss and Say Goodbye. He translated the lyrics into Malaysian, adapting them to try and redeem his reputation among Malaysians, and lamenting his fall from grace <div id=