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Mandela song gets Golden Globes gong

Johannesburg - 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 on Monday.

Adam Clayton, Bono, Larry Mullen, Jr., and The Edge from the band U2 pose backstage with their award for Best Original Song for 'Ordinary Love' from the film 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills. Photo: Lucy Nicholson. Credit: REUTERS

“Congratulations to Bono and U2. They composed an amazing song that truly captures the love story of Madiba and Winnie (Madikizela-Mandela),” Singh said.

“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 for the Best Original Song, ‘Ordinary Love’, they reflected on what former president Nelson Mandela meant to them.

U2 guitarist The Edge said: “We have been working for president Mandela since the 70s, since we were teenagers and 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 aged 95 at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, on December 5. - Sapa and IOL

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