Hackney-born actor Idris Elba, who plays Nelson Mandela in film ‘The Long Walk To Freedom’, is to release an album inspired by the anti-apartheid freedom fighter.
Elba had previously spoken of his plans to release an album called ‘Me Mandela’ inspired by his experiences playing Mandela:
“I was working with musicians and townships and local smaller bands, and it was the most satisfying thing” he said.
“I finally got to express what my fears, trepidations and triumphs were by making that album.”
Elba shot a documentary about the making of the album, which he hopes will have his audience “looking at South Africa in a very interesting way post Mandela.”
South Africa’s first black president died shortly before the British premiere of the film last night, and Elba was reportedly in tears when the news was announced at the end of the screening.
Mr Elba said: “What an honour it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world.
“My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Elba hasn’t yet set a release date for “Me Mandela,” according to the actor’s agency.