Damon Albarn Unveils 'Mr. Tembo' Video Featuring the Song's Real-Life Elephant Star

The clip also features Albarn's band The Heavy Seas recorded in a London church.

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Damon Albarn has unveiled the video for "Mr. Tembo," which is taken from his solo album "Everyday Robots," NME reports.

The clip features Albarn and his band the Heavy Seas plus footage of the real Mr. Tembo – an orphaned baby elephant Albarn met while travelling in Tanzania. The studio-shot portions of the video were filmed in the Pentecostal City Mission Church in Leytonstone and features the church choir, who also sing on the album track.

Speaking to NME, Albarn previously described Mr. Tembo as a "beautiful little fella," recalling the moment how after he played the song on his ukulele, the elephant "backed away and shat himself." Click below to watch the video.

The Blur frontman marked the album's release with a career-spanning 90-minute set at London's Rivoli Ballroom on April 30 and another set at Queen Mary University's Great Hall in Mile End the following evening, playing tracks from his Blur, Gorillaz, the Good, the Bad and the Queen and Rocket Juice & the Moon catalogues, alongside a host of solo material.

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    "Albarn previously described Mr. Tembo as a 'beautiful little fella'" Is he a... successful fella?
    ....the elephant "backed away and shat himself." I dunno why, but that cracked me UP!
    Not really impressed by the video, but this is probably my favorite song from the album.