For the 30th anniversary of the Band Aid charity single, “Do They Know it’s Christmas”, the group founder, Bob Geldof decided to gather a group of stars under the banner ‘Band Aid 30’ to re-record the charity song in aid of the looming Ebola crisis.
The announcement was made on Monday at a press conference in London claiming that Geldof is concerned about the situation in West Africa which prompted him and Midge Ure, the co-founder of Band Aid, to “gather the pop crowd together again and do our thing”, The Guardian reports.
Marking the song’s fourth incarnation since 1984, the latest version of the song gathers famous artistes such as Bono (U2) who sang for the first recording, Adele, Bastille, David Bowie, Ellie Goulding, Chris Martin (Coldplay), Sinead O’Connor, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Roger Taylor (Queen) and more.
|(From top left) Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, Paloma Faith, One Direction and Bono, was the artistes include in Band Aid 30 (Photo Source: theguardian.com)|
The soundtrack which was first written to raise money for the famine in Ethiopia, sold over 3.7 million copies and had raised over UKD8 million. The song was then re-recorded in 1989 and later 2004.
Based on the reports from World Health Organization (WHO), in West Africa, the Ebola outbreak has claimed nearly 5,000 lives while more than 13,000 people worldwide are allegedly infected by it.
The veteran rocker turned activist made a powerful speech on the Ebola crisis saying that, “It is a particularly pernicious illness because it renders humans untouchable and that is sickening…Mothers can’t comfort their children in their dying hours. Lovers can’t cradle each other. Wives can’t hold their husbands’ hands. People are chased down the streets because of it — and it could come our way,” reports Yahoo.
Geldof also said that he had ‘re-tweaked’ the lyrics of the latest edition of “Do They Know it’s Christmas” so that it reflects the current Ebola crisis.
According to Yahoo, the single can be downloaded on 17 November 2014 and will cost RM5.40 per download, while the physical copies which cost RM21.20 will be available three weeks later.
Watch the original version of Band Aid charity single, “Do They Know it’s Christmas”
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