If you happen to be heading to Madonna’s concert in Berlin on Friday, you might want to head in early to catch the warm-up act. The Material Girl said today that one Idris Elba will open the first of her two weekend shows at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
The busy actor-producer, who goes by Driis in the music world, will take some time away from his day job to play a set as Madonna continues the European swing of her Rebel Heart world tour. It’s no stretch for Elba, who was a musician before breaking out as Stringer Bell on HBO’s The Wire and going to star on Luther and in such features as Prometheus, Pacific Rim and the current Beasts Of No Nation. Last year, he recorded Mi Mandela, an album of South African music as a companion to the biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom in which he starred as Nelson Mandela, and he played DJ shows at recent festivals including Glastonbury, Snowbombing and Ibiza Rocks.
With a number of movie roles in the works including voice work on Disney’s Zootopia, The Jungle Book and Finding Dory, Elba is taking the Madonna gig to make rent, so expect a good time to be had onstage. Meanwhile, catch Driis slow-rapping and dancing in the video for “Confidential,” a recent single from Nigerian hip-hop artist D’Banj. Elba’s bit starts at the 1:22 mark: