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U2 song in latest film about Mandela

THE first new release from U2 in three years will be heard in a biopic of Nelson Mandela that hits cinemas next month.

The group penned Ordinary Love specifically for the film which stars Idris Elba as the South African icon.

Based on snippets heard in the trailer, the new U2 song builds from a stark beginning featuring keyboards and Bono's (below) vocals singing "The sea wants to kiss the golden shore/The sunlight warms your skin/All the beauty that's been lost before wants to find us again," as the music eventually swells to a massive, choir-based chorus.

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein revealed how the Irish supergroup had agreed immediately to work on the project when he first approached them.

"When I asked U2 to consider writing a song for Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, it was the fastest 'yes' I have ever received," said Weinstein.

"I think they did a brilliant job honouring the man and the leader they have known for over 20 years."

U2 have not said if Ordinary Love will be included on the group's next album, tentatively slated for a 2014 release.

The new album will consist of 12 songs and will be finished in November.

ksweeney@herald.ie


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