Idris Elba Pays Tribute to Nelson Mandela and Late Father with ‘mi Mandela’ Album
Idris Elba is known for his roles in 'The Wire,' 'Luther' and the more recent summer thriller, 'No Good Deed,' but the actor is showing us a different side of himself with a new music project.
The album, 'mi Mandela,' is an 11-track effort that celebrates South African music and also pays homage to his late father, Winston Elba, and Nelson Mandela.
"South Africa has numerous different tribes and each one has a musical expression, and each one has a very unique, different sound style," said Elba, who played the late South African leader in the 2013 film 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. "At the time 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."
Recorded in London, Johannesburg and Mali, Elba collaborated with a number of U.K. and South African artists to write and produce the record, including Cody ChesnuTT, James Blake, Mumford & Sons, Nothembi Mkhwebane and Phuzekhemisi.
He recently released 'You Give Me Love,' which features the soulful vocals of British singer-songwriter and rapper Maverick Sabre. With an old school soulful feel, Sabre brings in the emotion and tugs at our heart strings to lift us up from any bad mood we're in.
'mi Mandela' releases on Nov. 24 via Elba's imprint 7wallace in conjunction with Parlophone Records.
Check out the tracklisting and listen to 'You Give Me Love' below.
Idris Elba's 'mi Mandela' Tracklist
1. 'Aero Mathata'
2. 'So Many People' feat. Shaun Escoffery
3. 'You Give Me Love' feat. Maverick Sabre
4. 'Thank You for Freedom'
5. 'One' feat. George the Poet
6. 'mi Mandela'
7. 'Tree' feat. Audra Mae & Cody ChesnuTT
8. 'Home' feat. Maverick Sabre
9. 'Nothembi Jam'
10. 'Hold On' feat. Thabo & George the Poet
11. 'Soldiers Don't Back Down'
Listen to Idris Elba's 'You Give Me Love' Feat. Maverick Sabre
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