British actor Idris Elba is showing that he is a jack-of-all trades as the actor is gearing up to release a Mandela-inspired eleven track album this November called mi Mandela.
Inspired by his recent role as Nelson Mandela in ‘Long Walk To Freedom’, Emmy nominated, Golden Globe winning actor and DJ Idris Elba has curated, written and produced ‘mi Mandela’, an album of songs which uncovers some of South Africa’s most gifted yet largely undiscovered world music talents.
According to reports, the album will be a celebration of South African music inspired by Nelson Mandela. It is a a joint UK-South Africa project conceived while Idris Elba was in Johannesburg filming the movie Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
Music, Idris Elba explains, was part of his research for his role in the biopic. Curated, written and produced by Elba, the album came as an afterthought to the film. Recorded between Johannesburg, London and Mali, the project brought together a rather unexpected team of collaborators across the UK and South Africa.
According to NME, Mumford & Sons wrote the track “Home” while piano dubstep prince James Blake sings on “Nothembi Jam.” From the Mzansi side, Idris Elba also worked with the likes of Spoek Mathambo and Atteridgeville, PTA’s bacardi house pioneer DJ Spoko. The album also features contributions from longtime Okayplayer Cody Chesnutt, Maverick Sabre, Mr. Hudson, George the Poet, Nothembi Mkhwebane, and 60′s South African “girl group” Mahotella Queens.
The album, mi Mandela is out 24th November 2014 on 7wallace/Parlophone and is currently available for pre-order on iTunes.
The first single, “You Give Me Love,” arrives November 10th and features vocals from Irish-English singer/songwriter/rapper Maverick Sabre. Watch Elba discuss the album in the video below: