Musician Bob Geldof first recorded his charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” in 1984 to raise awareness of the famine taking place in Ethiopia. It was re-recorded again in 1989 and 2004 to provide addition funding for famine relief, and the frontman for The Boomtown Rats recently announced that he would be recorded the song for a fourth time as well. On this go around, the donations will be made to combat the current Ebola epidemic.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Geldof confirmed the re-release in a press conference earlier this morning and stated:
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. 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.
Geldof has already enlisted the likes of Bono, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, Underworld, Sinead O’Connor, Bastille, Ed Sheeran, One Direction, and Elbow. He plans to add more to this roster too, with Paul Epworth scheduled to produce the single.
Listen to the original version below: