Idris Elba to Open for Madonna's Rebel Heart Show in Berlin
Not content with being a distinguished actor and perennial People Sexiest Man Alive contender, Idris Elba is taking on another job: He's opening for Madonna's concert tonight at her second and final show in Berlin during her Rebel Heart tour.
This is not Elba's first foray into the music world (where he goes by the name Driis.) A DJ on an underground London radio station before his breakout role as Stringer Bell in HBO's The Wire, he released an album called Mi Mandela last year. The record of South African music was inspired by the 2013 film biography Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, in which Elba played the title role. He also has a mellow hip-hop EP called High Class Problems under his belt and is now planning another hip-hop album that draws on the African music he heard while filming Beasts of No Nation in Ghana.
As a DJ, Elba hit the wheels of steel at this year's Glastonbury and Ibiza Rocks festivals and can be seen displaying his smooth rapping (and dancing!) skills in a video for Nigerian hip-hop artist D'Banj's new single, "Confidential" (Elba appears around the one-minute mark). He has also crooned in the video for his own ballad "Private Garden," and written and produced songs for reggae-influenced singer Maverick Sabre.
Elba joins an eclectic list of artists drafted in to support the Material Girl on the current tour, which includes Amy Schumer, Diplo, and Jessica Chastain (who even spanked the star on stage in Prague). With the combination of two performers as smouldering as Elba and Madonna, we're expecting nothing less than spontaneous combustion.