Watch Damon Albarn Perform “Mr. Tembo” For The Elephant Who Inspired The Song
Last year, Blur frontman Damon Albarn released the solo album Everyday Robots, and it included the single “Mr. Tembo,” a song that Albarn wrote for a baby elephant that he met while visiting Tanzania. Apparently, sometime after writing the song, Albarn returned to see the elephant again and to play him the song, as Consequence Of Sound points out. Albarn’s daughter Missy apparently posted the video on her private Instagram, and it made its way to YouTube afterward. The elephant seems to be just about full-sized now, and it didn’t seem all that impressed by Albarn’s solo-acoustic serenade, probably because it’s an elephant. It did, however, reach its trunk out to Albarn, so who knows, maybe that’s the same thing as a tearful standing ovation when it comes from an elephant. Watch it below.
Is it just me, or does that video seem to cut out at the exact second before the elephant picks up Albarn and puts him in its mouth?