Listen: U2's first new song in 3 years is a tribute to Nelson Mandela
"Ordinary Love" will appear on the soundtrack for the upcoming biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
U2 frontman Bono has become famous for his involvement in global politics, so it's no great surprise that his band is breaking three years of radio silence with "Ordinary Love," a musical tribute to South African leader Nelson Mandela. The song will be featured on the soundtrack for the upcoming biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
The well-produced video of "Ordinary Love" sees every verse of the new song written out on various surfaces, from a desk to a blackboard to a globe. Mandela himself appears in the video only briefly — and only in illustrated form — but producer Harvey Weinstein recently confirmed that the song's lyrics were written with Mandela in mind.
"The band saw various cuts of the film over the summer and worked diligently to write a song that truly reflects Nelson Mandela," said Weinstein at The Hollywood Reporter. "I think they did a brilliant job honoring the man and the leader they have known for over 20 years."
Does "Ordinary Love" capture both Mandela and the film his life inspired? Listeners can judge for themselves next week when Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom — which features a highly acclaimed performance by Idris Elba as the great man himself — opens in limited release.