Thursday, 2 January 2014
CD! Mandela – Long Walk To Freedom
Following the successful opening of the epic film, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, the soundtrack of the film is now out. As the film follows Nelson Mandela’s (and South Africa’s) journey through the decades, the film’s official soundtrack provides a musical documentary of the times. The classic Afro-Jazz sounds of the Havana Swingsters takes us from the 1940’s of Mandela’s youth, through Art Blakely and the Revolutionary 50’s and 60’s period, right up the international condemnation of the Apartheid regime with The Special AKA’s classic song “Nelson Mandela”. During the filming the cast recorded live versions of traditional protest songs, under the guidance of well-known South African musicians, Dizu Plaatjies and Blondie Makhene, giving the scenes in the film a stark sense of reality. The Soundtrack also features a new song by U2 titled ‘Ordinary Love’. Accompanying Chadwick’s masterful direction, which perfectly captures both the majesty and intensity of Africa, is composer Alex Heffes’ emotive score which features both choir vocals and South African music legend Caiphus Semenya. Heffes’ use of both classical and African instruments gives the film its emotional resonance and complements the feeling of watching history unfold in front of your eyes.