If I have to be completely honest - every single time I have heard the media and Music Stars rehash the same old arguments about the Band Aid single the lyrics to another song start playing in my head. "I have heard this conversation, it is getting tiresome. Many times I've heard your questions. Not gonna keep biting my tongue" (from "Move On" by Kristyna Myles).
Here is my take on the whole Band Aid single argument.
They are all arguing about the wrong thing. In fact, the only argument I have heard which actually makes sense to me is that the single is actually insulting to Africa. Not because both Band Aid singles have managed to paint the whole of the African Continent with the same shade of "Deadly Nightshade", nor because neither single contained one single African person on it (as in person from Africa) - OK so there weren't that many African people in the British Music Scene in 1984/1985 but there are quite a few now (Ladysmith Black Mambaso anyone?).
They are an insult to Africa because at no point do I remember anybody (including Bob Geldof and Midge Ure) actually asking Ethiopia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea, if they actually wanted money throwing at them from a far away country.
In fact, Bob Geldof's original idea would have been much better if he had stuck with it. He tried to lobby Margaret Thatcher to see if something could be done about the large stockpiles of food which were sitting in Europe doing nothing. Mr Geldof wanted the stockpiles to be used to feed the Ethiopians who were starving.
This time he has also failed to see the (to me anyway) blazing obvious. There is a saying which talks about giving someone a fish feeding them for a day, but teaching them to fish will allow them to feed themselves for a life time.
What I am trying to say is that we shouldn't be arguing about who isn't paying their fair share of taxes, or how the lyrics do not represent the "True Africa" whatever that is, or the lack of Africans on the single. We should be arguing about the motives behind the single.
I would be more prepared to donate money to see Bob Geldof and the rest of them actually fly out to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, in economy class on commercial flights, and actually help train the people on the front line. Ie, put themselves at personal risk of death, instead of just singing a stupid song.
I don't know how many of you would remember but when the original Band Aid single came out it was called "Feed The World". Two weeks later the pop singers from the United States released a single called "We Are The World". I wonder what answer the Americans will come up with to "Heal The World"???
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