ODG said the lyrics were 'not in line' with his idea of Africa
London afrobeat artist Fuse ODG has revealed that he declined Bob Geldof’s invitation to feature on this year’s Band Aid charity single.
The new version of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ has been recorded to raise money to help combat the spread of Ebola for Band Aid’s 30th anniversary and was premiered on The X Factor over the weekend (November 16). It has already raised £1million since going on sale Monday (November 17).
However, the rapper has said that he didn’t agree with the song’s overall message and its depiction of Africa.
He wrote on Twitter: “Big up Sir Bob Geldof & his heart. He approached me about about being on the Band Aid song, however upon receiving the proposed lyrics, I felt the message of the Band Aid 30 song was not in line with the message of The New Africa movement (TINA).”
“After some consideration, I spoke with Geldof and informed him I would be unable to attend the studio session. Sir Bob Geldof respectfully acknowledged my decision. #ThisIsNewAfrica #TINA.”
Some of the newly added lyrics in the updated version include: “Where a kiss of love can kill you and there’s death in every tear” and “No peace and joy this Christmas in West Africa. The only hope they’ll have is being alive”.
The rapper’s views echo that of Blur frontman Damon Albarn, who suggested that the project may patronise Africa.
One Direction, Elbow, Bastille, Queen’s Roger Taylor, Rita Ora, Jessie Ware, Ed Sheeran, Clean Bandit, Paloma Faith, Emeli Sande and Ellie Goulding all accepted Geldof’s invitation and took part in the recording of the track.
The original song was released 30 years ago and featured George Michael, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Jody Watley and Boy George, among others. All proceeds went to relieve those affected by famine in Ethiopia. Two more versions of the track were released in 1989 and 2004.