Back in 1984, I didn’t know much about the devastating famine in Ethiopia until I heard Band Aid’s single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” on the radio. As a teenager, it was amazing to hear so many new wave stars and British and Irish musicians on one song. It was a truly accessible way –- especially for younger people –- to learn about the famine in Ethiopia and how to be a voice for the world’s poorest. All holiday season long, everyone sang “Feed the Worrrr-ld,” and it was a smash single.
This year, there’s a new –- and devastating — famine in Africa, this time in Somalia and the Horn of Africa. And now, there’s a new version of the Band Aid single, courtesy of the cast of the TV show “Glee.” This season’s holiday show (which airs tonight in North America, tomorrow in Italy, Thursday in the UK and Friday in Ireland) will feature the “Glee” cast recreating “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” The song is also featured on “Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, Vol. 2″ on iTunes. All of the net proceeds from the single will support the Band Aid Charitable Trust.
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ONE advisor and advocate Bob Geldof, the song’s co-writer, said, “It could not be more timely now that Glee with its vast global audience of young people re-introduce it to a whole new constituency who are probably unaware of the great tragedy unfolding amongst the hungry, poor and dying of Somalia as a result of drought and a bitter and pointless civil war. This song was made specifically with that intent… This is entertainment with purpose.”
Glee’s latest feature video shows the making of the “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” single, with Bono and Sting discussing their involvement in the making of the original song. Watch the feature above and, if you live in North America, be sure to follow @ONECampaign on Twitter Tuesday night as we live-tweet during the show. We want to hear what this song means to you, so tell us on Twitter or leave a comment below.
Also, in case you missed the original (and where have you been since 1984???)
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