Sunday, 16 November 2014

Band Aid is Back - 30 Years On

Band Aid 30: X Factor unveiling for Ebola charity song

The new Band Aid single has been broadcast for the first time.

The famous Band Aid song 'Feed the World' has been re-written especially to raise money to fight the Ebola virus.  Tens of thousands of people have now died of the disease in western Africa.
Our Year 9 students have been learning about the disease over the last 2 lessons.  Students learned about the original outbreak of the disease in 1976 and how the disease has spread recently.  Students mapped the outbreak and used information about the disease to think about how governments should deal with the illness.
A video showing performers including One Direction, Rita Ora and Ed Sheeran singing the reworked Do They Know It's Christmas? was shown on ITV's X Factor.
They were among the stars who recorded a cover of the 1984 song, to raise money to tackle Ebola, on Saturday.
The current outbreak of the deadly virus was first reported in March and has killed more than 5,000 people, almost all in West Africa.
The UK government has said VAT will not have to be paid on the single.
Organiser Bob Geldof, who was also behind the 1984 original, said he addressed the participants "like the headmaster" before they sang the chorus.
"I explained the situation in West Africa, I explained what the UN were saying, explained what we could do, and just geed them up," he said.
Speaking on X Factor to presenter Dermot O'Leary, Geldof described the new recording as a "little bit of pop history".
He said the video - which began with shots of victims of Ebola - was "harrowing and not meant for an entertainment show" but was something the X Factor audience should see.
Watch a clip of the updated song here:

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