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Idris Elba has said he was inspired to make an album about Nelson Mandela after doing research for the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which he starred in last year.

The Luther actor has enlisted the help of artists such as James Blake, Mumford & Sons and Mr Hudson for his debut album ‘Mi Mandela’, out on November 24.

Speaking to NME in a video interview you can watch in full above, he explained the decision, saying: “I thought now is the time to make a collection of songs about someone special and iconic to our race.

“When I was playing Nelson Mandela, I decided to spend four months prior to actually doing the work just to understand the culture, understand where he was from, who he was, what [South Africa’s] like, what was the country’s feelings on Mandela.

“And in that journey, music kept coming up.”

Watch the full interview above. Idris Elba releases ‘mi Mandela’ on November 24.