Remember “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” the song that told everyone to feed the world? Well, it’s coming back (again), and this time, it’s out to fight Ebola.
Bob Geldof is reincarnating Band Aid and the ‘80s charity single to raise awareness for the most recent African crisis that can easily be improved with money. The latest interpretation of Band Aid includes One Direction, Sam Smith, Sinead O’Connor and Bono, who has been involved since the song’s debut in 1984. The rest of the acts will be announced before the recording session in London on Saturday.
Several of the song’s lyrics have been changed to fit the current crisis—but not the “feed the world” chorus, because it’s iconic and feeding the world is a good thing to do.
“For 30 years, we’ve been boring people to death about the great inequalities of the world, whereby 50 percent still live on two dollars a day. That’s disgraceful. It’s ridiculous, and it’s unnecessary,” Geldof said in a press conference. “And what they were dying of in 1984 was of course hunger, but they died essentially because they were poor. We know we can contain Ebola; we have the doctors, the nurses, medicines and state systems. We have money. They’re dying again because they are extremely poor. That is radically unacceptable.”