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Thursday 17 October 2019

Bob Geldof plans another Band Aid to fight Ebola

Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

BOB Geldof is pulling together a band of musicians to work on a new version of the Band Aid hit 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' to combat the Ebola threat.

Superstar boyband One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay singer Chris Martin and Foals are expected to be involved.

The frontman for Irish punk band The Boomtown Rats first worked on the song with a group of contemporary musicians three decades ago. On that occasion the focus was the famine in Ethiopia, and the hit song raised more than £8m, a huge sum in the mid-1980s.

It featured some of the era's biggest acts, including Bono, George Michael and David Bowie. It has been recorded twice since then, in 1989 and 2004.

Geldof confirmed the song would be recorded again.

He said: "We know we can contain Ebola; we have the doctors, the nurses, medicines and state systems, we have money.

"(People are) dying again because they are extremely poor. That is radically unacceptable."

Geldof co-wrote the song with Ultravox singer Midge Ure. They followed it up with Live Aid in 1985, a transatlantic concert that raised an estimated $100m for Ethiopia.

Ebola has killed 4,950 people out of more than 13,000 infected since it broke out in West Africa earlier this year.

The market for music sales has changed beyond recognition since the early 1980s. Geldof appealed for everyone to actually pay for the song if they download it.

"It doesn't matter if you hate the song or the artists involved," added Geldof. "Buy the thing, download it. Pay for everything, it's a quid."

Irish Independent

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