The cream of the Ethiopian pop world today gathered at a studio in downtown Addis Ababa to record a special single to raise money for the starving in Britain.
The song 'Now they know Starvation' shares a tune with the 1984 Band Aid single, 'Do they know it's Christmas', but has reworked lyrics that highlight the change in status between Ethiopia and Britain.
"Back in 1984 we were a nation in the grips of a drought and starvation. We had nothing because the crops failed. Britain is now in the grips of famine and starvation. They have nothing because their government is failing." Organizer Bob Genawi said. Continuing: "In 1984 the standard of living in Britain was high, but now it is lower than most of sub-Saharan Africa. We marvel at how people can starve in the midst of plenty."
Also appearing on the single is Snoop Lion, formally known as Snoop Dogg, who changed his name after becoming a Rastafari in 2012. He was in the country on a pilgrimage as the Rastafari believe that former Ethiopian President Haile Selassie is a deity.
"I would like to spread the love. I know how it is to be starving in a land of plenty. I hope we can bring down babylon and provide food for everyone. One Love." He told reporters outside the recording.
The Church of England has said it will welcome money raised by the single so that it can replenish stocks at its food banks. However a red faced Government spokesman denounced the effort as condescending and patronizing.