So here is the music that has people talking this week.
Why, you may ask?
Well, because Bob Gledof got together some top artists and boy band to do a remix of the Band Aid single titled, ‘Do they know its Christmas?’. According to them, the single is to help raise money to combat Ebola in “West Africa“.
The single, which was premièred on UK’s X-Factor and released 8:00am Monday morning quickly shot to number 1 on Itunes chart minutes after it was released. It featured artist like Bono, 1Direction, Ed Sheeran, Emilie Sande, Sam Smith, Rita Ora and others. It is believed that fans of these younger artist had a lot to do with the rise of the single on the chart.
The bone of contention is why Gledof and Co, in their attempt to raise funds for countries affected by the Ebola virus feel they need to release a single asking people to pay 99p to download the single or pay £4 to buy the CD when they could easily raise funds among themselves and donate the money directly to the affected countries. There is also the underlying misguided sense of generalising the whole of ‘West Africa’ as being plagued with the virus and not having ‘joy and peace’ this Christmas.
To answer the question posed by the song, I certainly believe that come 25th December 2014, West Africa will know its Christmas!
For the part that says, “No peace and joy this Christmas in West Africa”, I join my charismatic brothers and sisters in West Africa in echoing:
“..back to sender… that will not be our portion … because no weapon formed against us shall prosper in Jesus Name, Amen!
Lyrics to the single
It’s Christmas time – and there’s no need to be afraid
At Christmas time – we let in light – and banish shade
And in our world of plenty – we can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world
At Christmas time
But say a prayer – pray for the other ones
At Christmas time – it’s hard but while you’re having fun
There’s a world outside your window – and it’s a world of dread and fear
Where a kiss of love can kill you – and there’s death in every tear
And the Christmas bells that ring there – are the clanging chimes of doom
Well tonight we’re reaching out and touching you
No peace and joy this Christmas in West Africa
The only hope they’ll have is being alive
Where to comfort is to fear
Where to touch is to be scared
How can they know it’s Christmas time at all
Here’s to you
Raise a glass to everyone
And here’s to them
And all their years to come
Let them know it’s Christmas after all
Feed the world – Let them know it’s Christmastime again
Feel the world – Let them know it’s Christmastime again
Heal the world – Let them know it’s Christmastime again