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AVAILABLE EXPERT: 30th anniversary of Do They Know It's Christmas

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Queen’s University music expert Robb MacKay can comment on the 30th anniversary of Midge Ure and Bob Geldof's Band Aid release "Do They Know It's Christmas,” a song recorded by top musicians in the 80s to raise money for the relief of the 1983-85 famine in Ethiopia. The anniversary is Friday, November 28.

For the third incarnation of this effort, Mr. Geldof has re-written the lyrics and put the focus on Ebola. The new version also features the top performers of today including Ellie Goulding, One Direction, Sam Smith, Bastille and Emeli Sande.

“Band Aid 30 - this time the project tackles Ebola, but is anyone listening?,” says Dr. MacKay. “This isn't 1984, and the internet and social media have made rock stars accessible 24 hours a day. So, is this new song and video attention-grabbing enough to do what it means to do?”

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