Contact Us

Damon Albarn Gets Soulful Singing About an Elephant in ‘Mr.Tembo’ Video

Damon Albarn’s new video brings not only a joyous vibe but also a big-time “d’aww.” That’s because ‘Mr. Tembo’ — the latest single from Albarn’s debut solo album, ‘Everyday Robots’ — is about a baby elephant.

Albarn has been reinventing himself since becoming a Britpop god back during his days with Blur. From the animated dancing demons of Gorillaz and onward, Albarn brings something new with every project he gets involved in. His solo album is more personal, with a hint of Radiohead-style melancholy, which makes it even better that ‘Mr. Tembo’ is a little ditty about a baby elephant Albarn met while visiting Tanzania.

‘Mr. Tembo’ is a bright, sweet and endearing track with chippy ukulele strumming throughout the mid-tempo tune while a gospel choir soars through the chorus, bringing a little hopeful spirit to a song about the life of the elephant.

According to the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust, Mr. Tembo (“tembo” means elephant in Swahili) is quite the attraction; the baby orphan has received numerous help from people all over the world who’ve heard his story and helped secure supplements to care for him for many years to come.

The video shows a little glimpse of Mr. Tembo in his wilderness with his trainer, while Albarn finds a nearby chapel to sing along with a band and the Lytonstone City Mission Choir. It captures the right essence of what the baby elephant means to the singer.

If you didn’t say “aww” while watching the video, perhaps you should get checked to see if you have a heartbeat. We dare you to listen to the song after watching this video and not get all happy and warm thinking about what Mr.Tembo is doing at this very moment.

Next: 10 Best Gorillaz Songs

Best of the Web

More From Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://diffuser.fm using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Diffuser.fm quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Register on Diffuser.fm quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!