U2, Ordinary Love: new song from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Listen to stream. (AUDIO)

Here’s the Song U2 Wrote for Mandela

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Slate's Culture Blog
Nov. 22 2013 12:02 PM

Here’s the Song U2 Wrote for Mandela

Apparently, when Harvey Weinstein asked U2 to write a song for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, he got “the fastest ‘yes’ I have ever received.” I’m sad to say the result sounds, to my ears anyway, like Coldplay imitating U2, and not very well. But I’m still looking forward to seeing Idris Elba portray Nelson Mandela. The movie opens in the U.S. next week.

(Via Rolling Stone.)

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

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