Last week, exactly hours after releasing his debut single, “Need You”, emerging Canadian R& B artist Emanuel caught the attention of actor, musician and DJ Idris Elba. Elba, who was one of the first celebrities to be diagnosed with COVID-1 9, was so moved by the song that he decided to compile a video montage to accompany it, requesting his social media admirers to send in idols and clips of their lives in self-isolation.
” I want to document how people are coping, who they are coping with and what they perfectly NEED right now ,” Elba posted.” Please send me a pic or a video for the chance to take part in this inspirational collage I’m putting together to this song by Emanuel @cellulardada .”
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Please send me a pic or a video for the chance to take part in this inspirational collage I’m putting together to this song by Emanuel @ cellulardada. It’s called’ Need You’( tie in bio) I want to document how people are coping, who they are coping with and what they perfectly NEED right now. Please send your entry to idrisneedsyou @gmail. com or #Needyou2020 across all stages. WE ALL NEED HOPE RIGHT NOW .
In his video post, he asks for” photographic collage of the one thing that people need to get through this time. For me, it’s definitely been[ wife] Sabrina … well your collaborator, it could be the scene from your opening, well your favourite tea beaker, it could be whatever .”
People from across the world chimed in, sending in thousands of personas and videos for the project from countries like Ghana, Mexico, Croatia and of course Canada. Over the weekend, Elba shared a sneak preview of the intro, writing:” Last-place Monday I asked you all to participate in a collective flow. You rebutted the entitle by the thousands. Your response has been amazing, hope really WILL conquer all. Now is a sneak peek of the visual collage i’m house for Emanuel’s” Need You” to show all countries of the world what each of us need to get us through. Thank you. [?]”
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” Thanks to large-hearted bro @idriselba and all of you, we got the whole world answering the ask ,” wrote Emanuel on Instagram, lending,” Love and Hope curbs all .”
Today, Elba and Emanuel exhausted their video collaboration on YouTube, peculiarity excerpts of people drawing, dancing, lighting incense, and chuckling with their families. “Need You” is the first single from Emanuel, a London, Ont.-based master whose entry EP Alt Therapy is set to be released the following spring. Catch the full video collage below.
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