Mandela film song wins Golden Globe award

2014-01-13 10:41

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A song by Irish rock group U2 composed for the film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, has won a Golden Globe award.

The film’s producer, Anant Singh, said in a statement today: “Congratulations to Bono and U2. They composed an amazing song that truly captures the love story of Madiba and Winnie [Madikizela-Mandela].

“We thank them for their contribution to Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and for their commitment to Madiba and South Africa.”

During the band’s acceptance speech at the awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, California, in the early hours of this morning, the band reflected on what Nelson Mandela meant to it.

U2 guitarist The Edge said: “We have been working for President Mandela since the 70s, since we were teenagers, when we did our very first concert against the apartheid movement, so it has taken us 35 years to write this song.”

Lead singer Bono described the film as “a kind of a dysfunctional love story”.

“This man [Mandela] turned our life upside down, right side up. A man who refused to hate, not because he didn’t have rage or anger, but he thought love would do a better job.”

Mandela died at the age of 95 at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, on December 5.

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