New Version of Band Aid Proves Controversial

A number of celebrities and politicians have quickly turned against the charitable Band Aid 30 single, which features a rewritten version of Do They Know It’s Christmas in aid of Ebola victims on the African continent. A number of those who appear on the recording and those who chose not to be involved have claimed the lyrics of the single are inappropriate and do not reflect the reality of life on the African continent.

The single has sold over 312,000 copies in its first week on sale in the UK and was masterminded by Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, who were responsible for the original version, The Daily Telegraph reports. Singer Emilie Sande, who features on the recording, has called for the lyrics to be rewritten to be more appropriate to the realities of life in Africa. Sande claims she and others recorded different lyrics that were not featured in the final version of the song.

Other celebrities have chosen to explain why they chose not to take part in the recording, according to Keith Mann, they include singer Lily Allen who stated she donated money after feeling there was a smugness to appearing on the latest version of the Christmas classic. Politicians and financial experts have chosen to condemn the song as it makes it appear Africa is a single country and not a continent filled with very different cultures and people, a feeling many have criticized the song for.

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