Idris Elba Releasing Mandela-Inspired Album Ft. James Blake, Mumford & Sons, Spoek Mathambo, DJ Spoko + More
British actorIdris Elbais gearing up to release aMandela-inspired eleven-track album in November.mi Mandela, “a celebration of South African music inspired by Nelson Mandela,” its subheader reads, is a joint UK-South Africa project conceived while Elba was in Johannesburg filmingMandela: Long Walk To Freedom. Music, 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 toNME,Mumford & Sonswrote the track “Home” while piano dubstep prince James Blakesings on “Nothembi Jam.” From the Mzansi side, Elba worked with the likes of Spoek Mathamboand Atteridgeville, PTA’s bacardi house pioneerDJ Spoko (whose debut albumWar Godis out today). The album also features contributions from longtime OkayplayerCody Chesnutt,Maverick Sabre,Mr. Hudson,George the Poet,Nothembi Mkhwebane, and 60′s South African “girl group”Mahotella Queens.mi Mandelais out 24th November 2014 on 7wallace/Parlophone and is currently available forpre-orderon 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. For more Mandela-inspired music listen toTshepang Ramoba’s 67-Minute ‘Mandela Day’ Mix and readNelson Mandela: A Life In Music.