Idris Elba Links With Aero Manyelo & Mahotella Queens In 'Aero Mathata' [Premiere]

Stream our premiere of Idris Elba's "Aero Mathata," featuring beatwork from Aero Manyelo and vocals from Mahotella Queens.

"Aero Mathata" is the lead track from Idris Elba's upcoming mi Mandela album, a Madiba-inspired 11-track "“celebration of South African music” that Elba curated, wrote and produced alongside SA and British collaborators. The single blends harmonies from 60s Mbaqanga 'girl group' Mahotella Queens over an infectious afro-tech concoction from producer Aero Manyelo. Elba's idea for mi Mandela was conceived while he was in Johannesburg filming Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. Recorded between in Johannesburg, London and Mali, the album will feature an eclectic cast of contributors including Mumford & Sons, James Blake, Cody Chestnutt, Nothembi Mkhwebane, Mr. Hudson, Phuzekhemisi and more. Idris Elba Presents mi Mandela will be released on November 27 on 7wallace (Elba’s own imprint)/Parlophone., pre-order it here.


The 12 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Khuli Chana, Kwesi Arthur x Vic Mensa, KiDi, Elaine, Ruger and more.

Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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