‘Mandela, My Dad and Me’ Behind the scenes with Idris Elba
Preparing for his leading role in the 2013 feature film Mandela Long Walk to Freedom, Idris Elba found himself immersed in many elements of South African culture, most notably the country’s music. The actor/musician was so inspired, he set out to make—and chronicle the making of—the album mi Mandela.
Along the way Elba suffered the loss of his father, turning what had first been envisioned as a music documentary into a film about his journey of self-exploration, his idols and the rhythms that have shaped him.
Mandela, My Dad and Me hails from Elba’s production company, Green Door Pictures, ImageWoodcut Media and Shine North, with Content Television handling international distribution. In this video interview, Elba tells TV Real Weekly about the genesis of Mandela, My Dad and Me, his relationship with director Daniel Vernon and the challenges of pulling together the final film, which premiered at the BFI Film Festival in London in April and was launched to the global market by Content at MIPTV. Emmy nominated, Golden Globe winning actor and DJ Idris Elba has curated, written and produced ‘mi Mandela’, an album of songs which uncovers some of South Africa’s most gifted yet largely undiscovered world music talents. ‘mi Mandela’ will be released on 7wallace (Idris’ own imprint) /Parlophone. The first single, ‘You Give Me Love’, features vocals from Maverick Sabre.
The eleven-track album seamlessly blends exuberant South African talent alongside established British artists. The former category includes veteran female vocal harmony group the Mahotella Queens who front the opening track ‘Aero Mathata’; Nothembi Mkhwebane, the Queen of Ndebele Music, who features on her ‘Nothembi Jam’ as well as ‘Home’ which was written by Mumford & Sons; the brass band of the South African collective Future History heighten the atmosphere of several tracks; while the inimitable style of maskandi pioneer Phuzekhemisi is central to ‘Thank You For Freedom’.
It is an Inspirational album of LOVE, South Africa and FATHERHOOD
Well done! Idris excellent musical documentation in memory of your father, and Inspired by the Legendary Nelson Mandela ‘MI Mandela’