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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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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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