Idris Elba has taken his recent role as the late Nelson Mandela a step further, revealing that he has created an album from the ground up that mixes taken from Mandela’s homeland with more commercial names from the UK. That album — titled mi Mandela — will be released 24th November via Elba’s own 7wallace, a subsidiary of Parlophone. The first single will be the Maverick Sabre-assisted ‘You Give Me Love’ (released 10th November).
Read more on the project below:
The eleven-track album seamlessly blends exuberant South African talent alongside established British artists. The former category includes veteran female vocal harmony group the Mahotella Queens who front the opening track ‘Aero Mathata’; Nothembi Mkhwebane, the Queen of Ndebele Music, who features on her ‘Nothembi Jam’ as well as ‘Home’ which was written by Mumford & Sons; the brass band of the South African collective Future History heighten the atmosphere of several tracks; while the inimitable style of maskandi pioneer Phuzekhemisi is central to ‘Thank You For Freedom’.
If you haven’t already, you can check out the trailer for mi Mandela above; the artwork for the album is below: