‘mi Mandela’ will feature guest vocals from Mumford & Sons, James Blake and others
Idris Elba has announced plans for a November release of mi Mandela, an album inspired by his experience playing late South African anti-Apartheid leader Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Elba, also known as the star of Luther, said the release will include South African musical talent and guest vocals from the likes of Mumford & Sons, James Blake, Maverick Sabre and Mr Hudson.
The actor has released music under the name Dris and also directed and appeared in the video for Mumford & Sons’ “Lover of The Light.”
“South Africa has numerous different tribes, and each one has a musical expression, and each one has a very unique, different sound style,” Elba said in a video announcing the album. “I had my studio at the apartment I was staying in while I was making Mandela – a little keyboard, a laptop – and as an experiment to myself, I vowed to keep making music.”
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