Damon Albarn serenades Mr Tembo the elephant – watch

Singer performs 'Mr Tembo' for its real-life muse

Video footage of Damon Albarn singing ‘Mr Tembo’ for the real-life elephant that inspired the song has surfaced online.

Albarn wrote the track, which appeared on his debut solo album ‘Everyday Robots’, about an orphaned baby elephant the singer met while travelling in Tanzania. As Consequence Of Sound reports, Albarn recently returned to Tanzania to meet the elephant – now fully-grown – again, where he serenaded him with the song. Watch the footage below.


Speaking previously to NME about his first meeting with Mr Tembo,, Albarn described him as a “beautiful little fella”, recalling the moment how after he played the song on his ukulele, the elephant “backed away and shat himself”.

Last month, meanwhile, Albarn revealed that he will start work on a new Gorillaz album in September. The virtual band, a collaboration between Albarn and animator Jamie Hewlett, released their last LP ‘The Fall’ in 2011 – but with Albarn’s other band Blur releasing their comeback record ‘The Magic Whip’ earlier this year, the singer has said that he’ll turn his attention to Gorillaz once again.

“I’m starting recording in September for a new Gorillaz record,” Albarn stated. “I’ve just been really, really busy so I haven’t had a chance. I’d love to just get back in to that routine of being at home and coming to the studio five days a week.”