Man­dela in­spires Elba to cre­ate al­bum

CityPress - - News - The 11-track al­bum and the first sin­gle, You Give Me Love, is cur­rently avail­able for pre­order on iTunes and comes out on Novem­ber 24

After play­ing for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela in the biopic Man­dela: Long Walk to Free­dom, Bri­tish ac­tor Idris Elba was so in­spired that he cre­ated an al­bum based on the states­man.

Elba said the idea for the mu­sic com­pi­la­tion, called Idris Elba presents mi Man­dela, came out of his re­search for the role.

“South Africa has nu­mer­ous dif­fer­ent tribes and each one has a mu­si­cal ex­pres­sion, and each one has a very unique, dif­fer­ent sound style,” he says.

Elba was in­spired by var­i­ous pieces of tra­di­tional mu­sic from South Africa.

He col­lab­o­rated with sev­eral South Africans for the al­bum, in­clud­ing renowned pro­ducer Spoek Mathambo; South Africa’s Queen of Nde­bele mu­sic, Peki Emelia “Nothembi” Mkhwe­bane; and vo­cal group Ma­hotella Queens.

Mkhwe­bane’s mu­sic has taken her to the US, Aus­tria, Ger­many, Por­tu­gal, Aus­tralia and France. In 1988, she per­formed in New York and London.

Also on the al­bum will be in­ter­na­tional acts in­clud­ing Bri­tish folk act Mum­ford & Sons, elec­tronic mu­sic pro­ducer James Blake, Bri­tish singer Mr Hud­son and Amer­i­can R&B mu­si­cian Cody Ch­es­nuTT.

“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,” says Elba.

While the dash­ing celebrity is bet­ter known for his act­ing, ap­pear­ing most re­cently in Pa­cific Rim and Luther, he has been mak­ing mu­sic for a while un­der his DJ name Driis.

Elba has three EPs un­der his belt and has been in sev­eral one-off rap and DJ gigs. He has even con­trib­uted to records by Jay-Z and Pharoahe Monch.

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