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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: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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