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Idris Elba Documentary 'Mandela, My Dad and Me' To Premiere In April

The forthcoming 'Mandela, My Dad and Me' documentary follows Idris Elba on a "journey of self-exploration" in South Africa in 2013.


A forthcoming documentary will center on Idris Elba's preparation for the part of Nelson Mandela, the South African music project that resulted, and the British actor's relationship with his late father. The 60-minute Mandela, My Dad and Me follows the Beasts Of No Nation star on a "journey of self-exploration," beginning in South Africa in 2013 to shoot Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. BAFTA-winning director Daniel Vernon documented Elba as he promoted the biopic and recorded miMandela, a joint UK-South Africa album– featuring James Blake, Mahotella Queens, Cody ChesnuTT, Aero Manyello, Mumford & Sons and others– conceived while the actor was in Johannesburg researching for the part of Mandela. According to a press release from Elba's Green Door Pictures, “The film they had originally intended to create was centered on the recording of the album, but has since evolved into something deeper due to the loss of [Elba's] father and the personal journey through grief that Elba happened to be embarking on at that time.”

Mandela, My Dad and Me will premiere at London's BFI Film Festival on April 7th. For more on Elba's music-related endeavors, listen to the actor jump on a remix with Ghanaian hiplife pioneer Reggie Rockstone and VIP, as well as the Mahotella Queens-featuring, Aero-Manyelo-produced lead track off miMandela.

Update May 29: A+E Networks has acquired the exclusive TV rights to Idris Elba: Mandela, My Dad & Me. The one-hour documentary will air on History in Africa later this year. Stay tuned for news on an air date and trailer. Until then, watch Elba speak about the film at MIPTV in Cannes. (H/T Shadow & Act)

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Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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