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Geldof cast as 'Mr Bloody Africa'
Bob Geldof
Geldof was the driving force behind Band Aid and Live Aid
Singer and campaigner Bob Geldof has dubbed himself "Mr Bloody Africa" for his role as a reluctant spokesman on issues concerning the continent.

Visiting Africa "bores me profoundly" but the media has confused the roles of politicians and celebrities, he said.

"Who's interested if the leader of Niger goes on Newsnight?" he told Radio Times magazine. "It's 'get Geldof'. I'm 'Mr Bloody Africa'."

Geldof will get a lifetime achievement honour at the Brit Awards next week.

He was also voted the person listeners of BBC Radio 4's Today programme would most like to see be made a "people's peer".

Bob Geldof in Ethiopia
Would Bono prefer to do this or be in U2? Hello?
Bob Geldof
But the Band Aid and Live Aid organiser and former Boomtown Rats singer still describes being a musician as his "real job".

Of his work in Africa, he said: "I'd dearly love not to have to go there the day after tomorrow.

"More often than not, it bores me profoundly - the pace of change is far too slow, and Africans excuse their own complicity in exactly the same way as our politicians.

"Bizarrely in our society, there's confusion between politicians and celebrities.

He and U2 singer Bono, a fellow global campaigner, were "under no illusions" about their real vocation, he said.

"We have an ability to articulate the great wound of the 21st Century, and have access to politicians. But would Bono prefer to do this or be in U2? Hello?"

Music was "what I want to do", he said. "Business I need to do, and the political stuff I have to do. What I want comes first, but I'm not successful enough."

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