The clip also features Albarn's band The Heavy Seas recorded in a London church
Damon Albarn has unveiled the video for ‘Mr Tembo’, which is taken from his solo album ‘Everyday Robots’.
The clip features Albarn and his band The Heavy Seas plus footage of the real Mr Tembo – an orphaned baby elephant Albarn met while travelling in Tanzania. The studio-shot portions of the video were filmed in the Pentecostal City Mission Church in Leytonstone and features the church choir, who also sing on the album track.
Speaking to NME, Albarn previously described Mr Tembo as a “beautiful little fella”, recalling the moment how after he played the song on his ukulele, the elephant “backed away and shat himself”. Click below to watch both the ‘Mr Tembo’ video and the clip of Albarn talking about writing the song.
Albarn’s debut solo album entered the Official UK Albums Chart at Number Two on May 4, when it was held off the top spot by Paolo Nutini’s ‘Caustic Love’.
The Blur frontman marked the album’s release with a career-spanning 90-minute set at London’s Rivoli Ballroom on April 30 and another set at Queen Mary University’s Great Hall in Mile End the following evening, playing tracks from his Blur, Gorillaz, The Good, The Bad and The Queen and Rocket Juice & the Moon catalogues, alongside a host of solo material.