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By Damilola Faustino

Idris Elba has launched his own label and also revealed his first signing. The star is best known for his acting career. However, he made a sojourn into music and it seems to be paying off.

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He released his debut EP ‘Big Man’ in 2006 and DJing. He has collaborated with the likes of Pharoahe Monch, Mumford & Sons, Mr Hudson, and more.

 Now, Elba has set up his own label called 7Wallace Music. His first signing is French-Cameroonian artist James BKS who has produced for the likes of Diddy and Talib Kweli.  

Elba said: “James is a rare find. His hip-hop sensibilities transfer to the other music he makes, he’s a nice person to work with and is gonna be a strong artist for the future.”

It’s a huge move for 7Wallace, a small indie label.

James BKS’ debut single ‘Kwlele’ is due to be released on July 13 and will feature his father, Afro-jazz saxophonist Manu Dibango, Mai Lan, and Allan Kingdom. It pays tribute to the Kwele ethnic group native to Gabon, Congo and Cameroon.

In a statement, the musician said: “I want people to get to know my journey. The song is the musical answer to my inner questions. Finally, I can be proud of my roots and say this music is fully me.”

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