One Direction, Bono sing to raise Ebola funds

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British Stars Gather to Record Band Aid Single for Ebola


(AP) - Pop singers and musicians including One Direction, Bono and Ellie Goulding have joined forces to record a charity song to raise funds to ease Africa's Ebola crisis.

The recording is a new version of the Band Aid charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" which was first recorded 30 years ago to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia.

Organizer Bob Geldof said One Direction sang the opening line of the new record, and other stars taking part in the London recording on Saturday included Rita Ora and Ed Sheeran.

The full lineup also features Coldplay's Chris Martin, Sinead O'Connor and Emeli Sande.

Geldof said the British government has agreed to waive tax on the single - which means all the money raised by the song will go to charity.

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One Direction, Bono sing to raise Ebola funds
Singer Bob Geldof, right, waves to fans as he arrives with Midge Ure at a music studio to record their segment of the new Band Aid 30 charity single in London, Saturday, Nov. 15 2014. Musicians including Bono and One Direction are going to record a reworked version of the 1984 charity record, with the proceeds this time helping fight the spread of Ebola. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Singer Gus Garvey arrives at a music studio to record his segment of the new Band Aid 30 charity single in London, Saturday, Nov. 15 2014. Musicians including Bono and One Direction are going to record a reworked version of the 1984 charity record, with the proceeds this time helping fight the spread of Ebola. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Singer Bob Geldof waves to fans as he arrives at a music studio to record his segment of the new Band Aid 30 charity single in London, Saturday, Nov. 15 2014. Musicians including Bono and One Direction are going to record a reworked version of the 1984 charity record, with the proceeds this time helping fight the spread of Ebola. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Singer Rita Ora leaves a music studio after recording her segment of the new Band Aid 30 charity single in London, Saturday, Nov. 15 2014. Musicians including Bono and One Direction are going to record a reworked version of the 1984 charity record, with the proceeds this time helping fight the spread of Ebola. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Singer Bono arrives at a music studio to record his segment of the new Band Aid 30 charity single in London, Saturday, Nov. 15 2014. Musicians including Bono and One Direction are going to record a reworked version of the 1984 charity record, with the proceeds this time helping fight the spread of Ebola. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Singer Ellie Goulding arrives at a music studio to record her segment of the new Band Aid 30 charity single in London, Saturday, Nov. 15 2014. Musicians including Bono and One Direction are going to record a reworked version of the 1984 charity record, with the proceeds this time helping fight the spread of Ebola. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Singer Emeli Sande arrives at a music studio to record her segment of the new Band Aid 30 charity single in London, Saturday, Nov. 15 2014. Musicians including Bono and One Direction are going to record a reworked version of the 1984 charity record, with the proceeds this time helping fight the spread of Ebola. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Singer Rita Ora leaves a music studio after recording her segment of the new Band Aid 30 charity single in London, Saturday, Nov. 15 2014. Musicians including Bono and One Direction are going to record a reworked version of the 1984 charity record, with the proceeds this time helping fight the spread of Ebola. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Singer Paloma Faith arrives at a music studio to record her segment of the new Band Aid 30 charity single in London, Saturday, Nov. 15 2014. Musicians including Bono and One Direction are going to record a reworked version of the 1984 charity record, with the proceeds this time helping fight the spread of Ebola. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Singer Louis Tomlinson arrives at a music studio to record his segment of the new Band Aid 30 charity single in London, Saturday, Nov. 15 2014. Musicians including Bono and One Direction are going to record a reworked version of the 1984 charity record, with the proceeds this time helping fight the spread of Ebola. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Singer Jessie Ware arrives at a music studio to record her segment of the new Band Aid 30 charity single in London, Saturday, Nov. 15 2014. Musicians including Bono and One Direction are going to record a reworked version of the 1984 charity record, with the proceeds this time helping fight the spread of Ebola. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Singer Bob Geldof waves to fans as he arrives at a music studio to record his segment of the new Band Aid 30 charity single in London, Saturday, Nov. 15 2014. Musicians including Bono and One Direction are going to record a reworked version of the 1984 charity record, with the proceeds this time helping fight the spread of Ebola. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Singer Niall Horan arrives at a music studio to record his segment of the new Band Aid 30 charity single in London, Saturday, Nov. 15 2014. Musicians including Bono and One Direction are going to record a reworked version of the 1984 charity record, with the proceeds this time helping fight the spread of Ebola. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Singer Harry Styles arrives at a music studio to record his segment of the new Band Aid 30 charity single in London, Saturday, Nov. 15 2014. Musicians including Bono and One Direction are going to record a reworked version of the 1984 charity record, with the proceeds this time helping fight the spread of Ebola. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
British singer and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin speaks to fans as he leaves a west London studio after recording the new Band Aid 30 single on November 15, 2014. Bob Geldof, One Direction, Bono and some 30 other stars gathered in a studio in London on Saturday to record a 30th anniversary version of the Band Aid charity single to raise money to fight Ebola. Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, Coldplay's Chris Martin and Sinead O'Connor were also among the rockers brought together by Geldof to sing the fourth version of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' Musicians began arriving in the early morning and were expected to record all day and into the night before the single is aired for the first time on Sunday and then officially released on Monday. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15: (L-R) Bob Geldof, Paul Epworth and Midge Ure attend to record the Band Aid 30 single on November 15, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15: Grace Chatto and Milan Neil Amin-Smith of Clean Bandit attend to record the Band Aid 30 single on November 15, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 15: Liam Payne sighting at the Band Aid recording on November 15, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by SAV/GC Images)
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