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Idris Elba Talks About His Pirate Radio Beginnings and Sings Boyz II Men With Jimmy Fallon

The actor made an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to promote his new film 'Dark Tower.'

The one and only, Idris Elba, was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, discussing his role in Stephen King's  Dark Tower.


The actor, shared his experience working with the anomalous author for his new film alongside Matthew McConaughey, before touching on far more intriguing topics like putting cream on his ankles and his early dream of becoming a late night "quiet storm" radio DJ, before eventually starting his own pirate radio station "Climax FM."

Afterwards, the actor and DJ joined the host for a game of "Google Translate Songs," where the two sang inaccurately translated versions of popular song. Their rendition of Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love to You" called "I'll Place Kindness on You" is gold. Watch it below.

Dark Tower is in theaters now.

 

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Idris Elba to Star In Netflix's Upcoming All-Black Western 'The Harder They Fall'

The film also stars Jonathan Majors and is being produced by Jay-Z.

Idris Elba is set to star in the upcoming all black Western The Harder They Fall from first-time director Jeymes Samuel.

The film, is slated to premiere on Netflix, and also stars The Last Black Man In San Fransisco actor, Jonathan Majors. The film is being produced by Samuel, as well as Jay-Z, who will also help write original music for the movie along with Samuel, Deadline reports. The two previously worked together on the Great Gatsby.

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Sarkodie Enlists Idris Elba and Donae'o for New Feel-Good Anthem 'Party & Bullshit'

PREMIERE: Watch Sarkodie, Idris Elba and Donae'o party and rep for Ghana in the music video for their new collaboration.

Award-winning Ghanian rapper Sarkodie connects with none other than Idris Elba and singer and producer Donae'o for a memorable music video for their new collaboration "Party & Bullshit."

As the title implies, the song is all about letting loose, celebrating life and having a good time. The track opens with Sarkodie delivering a rapid-fire verse. His impressive flow shines through as he raps completely in Twi. Elba joins in with an energetic second verse that humorously references fufu, while Donae'o provides the song's catchy, anthemic chorus.

OkayAfrica spoke with Sarkodie to find out how the unique collaboration came to be. "Last year I had my annual show called Rapperholic and Idris was in town, and came to watch the show. That's how we connected," says the artist. "The next day he came over, listened to the project and we decided to work together. I sent him a couple of records and he loved this one. Donae'o has been a friend from time—we've always done records together, but they've been his records most times. I sent him this one, and he jumped on the hook and the magic just happened. It was super organic, it wasn't forced. It was just a great connection between the three of us."

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Merry-Lynn. Photo courtesy of the artist.

You Need This Merry-Lynn EP In Your Life

Interview: Rising R&B newcomer Merry-Lynn's Petrichor EP is a breath of fresh air.

Iyere-Eke Merrylynn Ehinomen, also known as Merry-Lynn, is a rising singer and songwriter based in Abuja, Nigeria. She recently released her debut EP, Petrichor, which presents a masterful blend of reggae and R&B with a modern twist across its six tracks.

Drawing you in with its resonant bass line and alluring vocals, EP opener "Skin," is a major head-bopper. Merry-Lynn pours her heart out over the rippling guitar chords singing "When you gonna call me baby?/ Or don't you think about me lately?" Before you know it you're midway through the sultry and euphoric cut, "Temptation," and fully locked-in to this musical experience.

In "Boy Tears" the young singer, who was born in 1997, graces us with vivid lyricism and audacious delivery as she rhymes "too" and "fooled," enriching each line with subtle nuance. She also enlists Nigerian hitmaker King Perryy on the melancholic heartbreak tune "911"—a remixed version of the original track that was released earlier in the year

Merry-Lynn's decision to work exclusively with Nigerian producer Veen on the project seemingly enabled her to truly experiment and find the distinctive sound that sets her apart from the crowd. Emotionally rich and enlightened, this tape is a smooth sonic ride for any lover of good music. There's no doubt that, with Petrichor, Merry-Lynn has delivered a reliably-solid debut.

We got to know the R&B newcomer a little bit more in a recent interview below.

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Tiwa Savage Drops Two New Songs 'Owo Mi Da' & 'Attention'

The Nigerian star has shared two new bangers—"Owo Mi Da" and "Attention"—a day early due to leaks.

Tiwa Savage has returned with not-one-but-two new singles, "Owo Mi Da" and "Attention."

While the tracks were originally slated to drop tomorrow, Wednesday, the Nigerian superstar rushed released them due to leaks. "You guys couldn't wait na so my songs don leak o .... FUCK IT OUT NOW," Tiwa wrote on her social pages.

The addictive and upbeat "Owo Mi Da" was co-written by fellow Nigerian hitmaker Olamide and produced by Pheelz.

Video: Tiwa Savage On Female Artists Having to Work Twice As Hard

The smoother "Attention" is a song aimed at a man who isn't taking enough notice of his woman. " I guarantee all the ladies will know the lyrics to this one word for word," Tiwa wrote about the track. It was produced by Blaqjerzee.

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