Africans celebrate BandAid30 with their own single- “Do They Know It’s Bollocks”

In 1984, armed with a badly worded song and graphic images of dying African children, Bob Geldof set out to save Africa from itself. 30 years on, the people of Africa are reportedly celebrating the anniversary of Bob Geldof’s charity hit single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ with their own version- ‘Do They Know It’s Bullocks.’

The composers of the “African version” revealed they were inspired by Bob Geldof’s colourful language during a TV appearance on Monday to promote this year’s charity anthem. During the interview, Jayne Secker of Sky News aired suggestions from social media that some of the musicians who recorded the song, including Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Chris Martin, Emeli Sande and Bono, could help more if they “paid their taxes in the right way”. Bob Geldof who was once paid $100,000 to speak on the issue of anti-poverty replied “I think they’re talking bollocks.”

The composers said “bollocks” was the right word to describe the 2014 version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas” which has been slightly rewritten to raise funds for Ebola victims.

Below is the lyrics for the “Do They Know It’s Bullocks” single which is set to for release later this week.

 

Where the only image of the continent
Is that of a helpless dying child

Well tonight we’re reaching out
And educating you

Only 3 in West Africa struggling with Ebola
Bob and friends can give their millions if they really want to help
But don’t paint the continent with one broad stroke
Just like Glitter is a nonce and Savile also
Yet no one paints all Englishmen so
Now can they see it’s just bollocks?

Here’s to you Africans rise up and build your own
Here’s to them, take a rest from carrying the white man’s burden
They must know it’s bollocks!

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