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Idris Elba to Release Mandela-Inspired Album, Feat. Mumford and Sons, Spoek Mathambo

NME   in 
September 30, 2014

British actor Idris Elba is gearing up to release a Mandela-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 filming Mandela: 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 to NME, Mumford & Sons wrote the track “Home” while piano dubstep prince James Blake features on “Nothembi Jam.”

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