Last year, Idris Elba played Nelson Mandela in the biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. And in addition to being a ridiculously talented and handsome actor, Elba has a sideline playing goofy trance music in Ibiza hotel suites, as detailed in this GQ profile. So maybe it’s not a surprise that Elba’s experience playing Mandela would lead to a musical project. As Billboard reports, Elba is working on an album called mi Mandela that’ll feature British artists working with South African musicians. Apparently, the album will feature Brits like James Blake, Mr. Hudson, and Mumford & Sons, the latter of whom Elba knows because he directed and starred in their “Lover Of The Light” video. Below, watch Elba talking about the project.
Mi Mandela is out 11/24.