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Idris Elba Releasing Mandela-Inspired Album Featuring James Blake, Mumford & Sons, Spoek Mathambo, DJ Spoko + More

Idris Elba is releasing 'mi Mandela,' an album inspired by Nelson Mandela with James Blake, Mumford & Sons, Spoek Mathambo, and DJ Spoko.


British actor Idris Elba is gearing up to release a Mandela-inspired eleven-track album in November. mi Mandela, "a celebration of South African music inspired by Nelson Mandela," its subheader reads, is a joint UK-South Africa project conceived while Elba was in Johannesburg filming Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. Music, Elba explains, was part of his research for his role in the biopic. Curated, written and produced by Elba, the album came as an afterthought to the film. Recorded between Johannesburg, London and Mali, the project brought together a rather unexpected team of collaborators across the UK and South Africa. According to NME, Mumford & Sons wrote the track "Home" while piano dubstep prince James Blake features on "Nothembi Jam." From the Mzansi side, Elba worked with the likes of Spoek Mathambo and Atteridgeville, PTA's bacardi house pioneer DJ Spoko (whose debut album War God is out today). The album also features contributions from longtime Okayplayer Cody Chesnutt, Maverick Sabre, Mr. Hudson, George the Poet, Nothembi Mkhwebane, and 60's South African "girl group" Mahotella Queens. mi Mandela is out 24th November 2014 on 7wallace/Parlophone and is currently available for pre-order on iTunes. The first single, "You Give Me Love," arrives November 10th and features vocals from Irish-English singer/songwriter/rapper Maverick Sabre. Watch Elba discuss the album in the video below. For more Mandela-inspired music listen to Tshepang Ramoba’s 67-Minute ‘Mandela Day’ Mix and read Nelson Mandela: A Life In Music.

H/T NME

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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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