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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.

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Rowlene Shares New Single ‘Stop’ from Upcoming Project ‘11:11’

Listen to Rowlene's new single 'Stop' from upcoming album '11:11'.

Rowlene is finally releasing a project. The pre-order for 11:11 is live, and it comes with a new single, the album opener titled "Stop". The song has two parts and is fit for an intro as it sees the artist crooning confidently over a trap beat and later, a stripped down instrumental which she meets halfway with her surefooted vocals. She sings in the hook: "I'm a CEO, see me all getting paid/ You ain't on the payroll, but you asking for a raise."
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