We got this, Bob Geldof, so back off

For those who haven’t seen the responses coming out of Africa to the fourth appearance of the Band Aid single earlier this week, Al Jazeera collected a number of critiques of the ‘white saviour complex’ in this article. Ghanaian musician Fuse ODG wrote a comment piece for This Is Africa explaining why he turned down Geldof’s invitation to take part in the single. Another contributor put up an open letter to Sir Bob and the other artists involved, voicing ‘a few problems’ with the single – starting with the simple question: “Do Africans know it’s Christmas? Could you be more condescending?”

The same website also reminded readers that a collective of African musicians had already come together to record a (rather better) song to raise awareness of Ebola, and to send some money in the direction of MSF at the same time. Here it is:


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One Response to We got this, Bob Geldof, so back off

  1. Edward Carson says:

    A friend of mine created a not-for-profit social enterprise selling stunning jewellery while providing sustainable training and employment to marginalised women in Uganda. I couldn’t back what they (www.kiira.co.uk) do enough!

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