The British actor, who also starred in US cop drama ‘The Wire’ and UK crime series ‘Luther’, has teamed up with South African musicians to make Mandela – an album inspired by the anti-apartheid pioneer who died last year.
Idris said the idea came out of his research for the role when he started listening to traditional South African music, adding: ” South Africa has numerous different tribes and each one has a musical expression, and each one has a very unique, different sound style.
“At the time I had my studio at the apartment I was staying in while I was making Mandela – a little keyboard, a laptop – and as an experiment to myself, I vowed to keep making music.”
Another inspiration came from his father Winston, who encouraged him in the idea but died before recording was complete.
The 11-track album and the first single, You Give Me Love, which features Maverick Sabre, come out in November.