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First Look: Idris Elba As The Gunslinger in Upcoming Film 'Dark Tower'

Photos of the 'Luther' star on the film set have leaked.

Those of you who wouldn’t bat an eye at drinking Idris Elba’s bathwater will be thrilled to know that behind-the-scene photos of the British actor, clad in cowboy gear, on the set of South Africa-based film, The Dark Tower, have surfaced on the Internet.


It’s a first glimpse of the star, who also lent his voice as lion-villain Shere Khan in Jungle Book, and he looks quite convincing as the brawny gunslinger in the anticipated Sony film adaptation of Stephen King’s western-meets-fantasy eight-part series, which has taken three decades to get the big screen treatment.

Elba’s character will square off against the dubious “Man in Black” a.k.a. Walter Padick played by Matthew McConaughey.

It’s great to see the flick, directed by Nikolaj Arcel and due out in theaters February 2018, is finally in production after quite a bit of speculation, several false starts and studio changes, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

See more pics of the Beasts of No Nation  and Luther  star on set over at Daily Mail.

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Interview: Master KG Talks 'Jerusalema' and Taking Bolobedu House to the World

Prolific South African artist Master KG talks about the international success of 'Jerusalema' , his next music project and hints at an epic collaboration with a certain music heavyweight.

If you haven't heard about South African musician and DJ Master KG then you have definitely been living under a gigantic rock for the past few months. With the international success of his 2019 release "Jerusalema" featuring Nomcebo Zikode, whether you're in America or Europe, New Zealand or Africa, Master KG is an artist on everyone's playlists––and for good reason.

The 24-year-old Limpopo-born artist is behind the viral #JerusalemaDanceChallenge that has seen fans across the world participating not only for social media but even as "team building" exercises at their various workplaces. Admittedly, as the world continues to figure out what life alongside the COVID-19 pandemic looks like, Master KG's music has provided a much-needed moment of reprieve for so many people other than just South Africans.

Aside from "Jerusalema" however, Master KG has a number of hits within his extensive discography in the uniquely South African bolobedu house genre, a "mixture of Afro house instrumentals and bolobedu melodies usually sung with high-pitched autotune (a staple in the subgenre)". Tracks like "Skeleton Move", "Waya Waya" and "Di Boya Limpopo" have become almost anthemic for South Africans particularly during the festive season. For this, Master KG has received and been nominated for several awards including the MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act and Best Male Southern Africa at the African Muzik Magazine Awards (Afrimma). And while he was surprisingly snubbed at this year's South African Music Awards (SAMAs), it's quite evident that that was a huge mistake on their part and one they won't be making again.

We caught up with Master KG to talk about the international sensation that "Jerusalema" has become, some of the other major projects he's working on, repping hard for Limpopo and how he's hoping to take bolobedu house to the rest of the world.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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