With the sad news of Nelson Mandela passing this morning surrounded by family and friends we are all reminded of what a great man he was, a warrior for peace and equality.

Emily Jade

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Yet we must not forget that Nelson Mandela was also a loved husband, father and grandfather. My thoughts are with his family.

In a strange irony, the new movie Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom has just been premiered in London. U2 have written the title track to the movie Ordinary Love. According to Rolling Stone Magazine

The band befriended Mandela years ago and watching clips of the film, which stars Idris Elba (The Wire, Luther) and Naomie Harris (Skyfall28 Days Later . . .), inspired them to write the song.

“When I asked them to consider writing a song for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, it was the fastest ‘yes’ I have ever received,” movie producer Harvey Weinstein has said. “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.”

Ordinary Love” is the first song by U2 since 2010. The song was released on 29 November 2013, less than a week before Mandela died.

U2 had been friends with Nelson Mandela for years. When movie producer Harvey Weinstein invited the band to write a song for the film’s soundtrack, they responded with a quick “yes” according to Weinstein. After seeing early cuts of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, U2 were inspired to write a song reflecting upon Mandela. The song was mixed at Electric Lady Studios, New York.

To learn more about the history of ordinary love visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordinary_Love_(U2_song)

Here is the song.


RIP Nelson Mandela.