U2 frontman Bono has written a personal tribute to Nelson Mandela.
Bono is one of many music stars who campaigned for the release of Mandela throughout the 1980s. He met the iconic South African leader several times over the last 15 years, and the two became friends.
Bono has now spoken about the admiration he felt for Mandela and the personal experiences the two of them shared. Here is Bono’s tribute in full from TIME magazine.
“As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager.
He has been a forceful presence in my life going back to 1979, when U2 made its first anti-apartheid effort.
And he’s been a big part of the Irish consciousness even longer than that. Irish people related all too easily to the subjugation of ethnic majorities.
A song written by a group of music students as a tribute to their teacher who tragically died in a car accident has gone straight to the top of the ITunes charts.
Alice Strain of Clonmel, taught the teenagers for three years but was killed after her car was involved in a head on collision in April.
Legendary Irish rockers U2 have spoken about the pressure they felt to ‘get it right’, with their song that will feature on the new film about the life of Nelson Mandela.
In an interview with Vogue magazine, guitarist the Edge admitted they took extra care in writing “Ordinary Love”, given the importance of the film and Mandela’s story.
A new Christmas song is catching the hearts of Irish families and emigrants all across the world.
The song, called I’m Coming Home, is dedicated to all those Irish who’ve had to leave home to find work abroad during the recent recession and, of course, over the last hundred years.
The video features messages from the Irish abroad to their families and from families in Ireland to their loved ones across the world. The emotion is getting to many people who are making the video a big success on YouTube.
The song was recorded by the band Jigsaw Jam and Keith O’Brien on Dublin’s Grafton Street among city shoppers.
Rolling Stone Mick Jagger is to become a great grandfather in the New Year. He’s thrilled with the news but doesn’t like being called grandpa or granddad as it makes him feel old.
His 21-year-old grand-daughter Assisi broke the news to him earlier this month. She said he was delighted and told her, “well done”.
Assisi said: “I imagine it’s nice to be a great-grandad, although I’m not sure he likes the idea of getting old or being called one.”I call him Mick – I wouldn’t call him grandpa.”
Assisi is the daughter of Mick’s daughter Jade, who he had with his first wife Bianca. Jade confirmed the story in an interview with the Sunday Times. She said: “It is true. I am going to be a grandmother.”