Idris Elba Has Made An Album Based On His Experience Playing Nelson Mandela.
From the looks of things, it seems that Idris Elba has taken his passion and admiration for Nelson Mandela very seriously.
Moving beyond his recent role in the Justin Chadwick biopic, Elba was so inspired by the research he did as part of the preparation for his role that he put together an concept album based on the music Mandela enjoyed.
Titled Mi Mandela, the experimental album was made over the course of three weeks and features 11 unique songs, some made with the help of local talent like producer Spoek Mathambo, Ndebele music legend Nothembi Mkhwebane and singing group the Mahotella Queens.
Whilst Elba, who DJs and releases music under the name ‘Driis’, is no stranger to producing songs and making mixes, he’s enlisted a wide range of artists including James Blake, Mumford & Sons, Mr Hudson and Cody ChesnuTT.
The album is due out November 24th but look out for the first single featuring Maverick Sabre a little sooner.
All Africa, All the time.
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Maybe I should have watched this…