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Damon Albarn releases "Mr. Tembo" video, starring a baby elephant

The real star is Mr. Tembo himself, who is every bit as aww-inspiring as Albarn's song suggests.

As fans of Damon Albarn's new album "Everyday Robots" know, the single "Mr. Tembo" was inspired by a trip to Tanzania, where he met an orphaned baby elephant of the same name.

Now he's cut a video for the single, and it stars the song's adorable namesake.

The single is a jaunty bit of ukelele pop, with tropical vibes, English reserve and a sweet heart. The video  matches that tone, with Albarn performing with his band the Heavy Seas in a London church.

But the real star is Mr. Tembo himself, who shows up in amber-hued footage on a TV in the venue. Strolling around the savvanah, he's every bit as aww-inspiring as Albarn's song suggests.  

Giorgio Testi directed the video. Albarn's tour isn't hitting southern California any time soon, but we imagine that a few minutes with Mr. Tembo will tide you over. 

 

 

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