Listen to Overtone’s ‘Colorblind’ from ‘Invictus’

Posted by · 8:35 am · December 2nd, 2009

Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon with OvertoneOn Wednesday we featured the original song “9,000 Days” from Clint Eastwood’s “Invictus” from South African boy band Overtone (featuring vocalist Yollandi Nortjie).  Today we’re happy to bring you the second track, “Colorblind.”

Overtone was reportedly “talent-scouted” by Eastwood’s wife Dina when she attended the group’s tribute to Freddy Mercury.  Eastwood dug the melodies and asked for a few demos to be used in the film.  So on one hand, it’s nice that he’s giving a leg up to an up-and-coming group.

The song is used in the film, quite suddenly, as the background music for a dramatic helicopter entrance by Morgan Freeman’s Nelson Mandela.  I say suddenly because the cue quite literally seems to come from nowhere and the scene would probably be better served without it.

And that’s before we get to the song’s obvious downfall: lyrics and melody.  It sounds like some soft pop, radio-exhausted ballad, but the words hit everything so square on the nose that it’s almost embarrassing.  But that’s just my opinion.  Have a listen below and give us your thoughts.

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59 responses so far

  • 1 5-28-2010 at 2:15 pm

    Erin Clark said...

    I saw the movie and immediately downloaded this song. I love it. It’s not the kind of music I typically listen to, but it’s beautiful and inspiring.

  • 2 6-21-2010 at 7:45 pm

    Courtney said...

    I dont understand what alot of you people don’t like this song. Its beautiful, inspiring and very motivational. It portrays an excellent message. I guess most of you just don’t listen to good music…

  • 3 6-21-2010 at 7:49 pm

    Courtney said...

    Typo: I don’t understand why …

  • 4 6-22-2010 at 6:40 pm

    Lara said...

    This song is so gorgeous! Love the sentences in one of the native languages of SA and love the American melody— all mixed. Love to read these comments that are overly dramatic, using words such as “horrible” or “wrecked the movie”! HA! You people are the kind who have your day wrecked by someone cutting you off in traffic. Sad. Do better or STFU.

  • 5 7-31-2010 at 1:16 am

    Walter D. Wright said...

    Kristopher Tapley,
    I care not if you are purple, greeen, or blue. The music, “Colorblind,” was used for a purpose. It was not intended to rub noses into the past; but to show a life of a man, who endured conditions beyond belief and yet demonstrated to Black and White alike that Forgiveness is greater than legislation. Nelson Mandella did not pass laws to win the heart of the people, he used a sport that all people loved, and united the South African people to rally about a cause. I feel sorry for you in a way. It is you mentality which has kept the fires of hatred burning in the middle eart, for the theme of “Colorblind” goes way beyond the skin; but into creed and one’s core beliefs. How tolerant are we.
    It was inspiring, and in my opinion, much more than a drunken cowboy singer.

  • 6 7-31-2010 at 1:37 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    So, not liking the song makes you a racist? Glad we’ve got that cleared up.

    Seriously, what’s with the continued life of this comment thread?

  • 7 8-15-2010 at 7:58 am

    Appreciative said...

    This song is beautiful, inspiring and couldn’t have come at a better point in the movie. Clint Eastwood knew what he was doing and chose this song perfectly.

  • 8 8-15-2010 at 8:10 am

    qwiggles said...

    This is amazing. I didn’t realize this thread was still alive. Did someone in the band send his fans here to flame on?

    Viva CG Mandela ghost! Viva CG terrorist airplane scare!

  • 9 11-07-2011 at 4:31 am

    alyson said...

    I loved this song from the movie when we watched it at my church yesterday, so first thing when i got on the internet today, I came looking for it. When i found so many terrible comments, the first thing i thought was, “woah, did i listen to the same song with as guys?’ I really love this song, it’s beautiful, even learning the lyrics… and forwarding the link to friends… Love you overtone! In love with you Clint Eastwood, ah, yes, and your work too.