Bob Geldof and a host of stars have launched a new charity single helping to do what the musician and campaigner claims many governments are failing to do effectively – tackle Ebola.
Band Aid Ebola was released on Monday. The response says Geldof has been “manic”. The organisers insist that 100 percent of the proceeds will go towards the relief effort. The current outbreak of Ebola has killed more than 5,000 people mostly in West Africa.
The original song was first recorded 30 years ago – a unique moment in the history of ‘pop’ in Britain creating the charity single.
“I can go like I did last week to Germany and a press conference announcing Band Aid Germany, which is being recorded as we speak now and just say if you have pretensions to global leadership, never mind European leadership then live up to it. There are responsibilities and right now Germany, the power house economy of Europe is number eight in what it is doing for Africa.,” said Bob Geldof.
The line-up includes global stars like Bono but critics point out only one African-born performer is in the line up, while interest has also focused on those who turned down their invitations like Adele and David Bowie.
Who will turn up for the European versions? It is rumoured Carla Bruni will appear on the French recording.