“Ordinary Love” was written specifically for the film
U2 hasn’t officially announced when its long awaited thirteenth studio album will be released, but fans can get a tease of what’s to come as the band has unveiled a new song in the trailer to the upcoming Nelson Mandela film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
“Ordinary Love” was written and recorded specifically for the biopic that chronicles Mandela’s early life, education and 27 years in prison before becoming President and working to rebuild the country’s once segregated society.
The band has had a 20 plus year friendship with Mandela, and were inspired to write the song, based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, after seeing early cuts of the film.
“This is really fitting as U2 has always been a staunch supporter of Madiba,” states Producer Anant Singh. “As a board member of Madiba’s 46664 anti AIDS initiative together with U2, I was fortunate to be with them when we visited Robben Island together, accompanied by Madiba.”
“Over the years U2 and I have had a superb relationship including partnering on the Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe winning song ‘The Hands That Built America’ for Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York,” says Harvey Weinstein. “When I asked them to consider writing a song for Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, it was the fastest ‘yes’ I have ever received. The band saw various cuts of the film over the summer and worked diligently to write a song that truly reflects Nelson Mandela. I think they did a brilliant job honoring the man and the leader they have known for over 20 years.’
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom opens in theaters November 29th.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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