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Watch Drake’s Johannesburg and Namibia-Shot Action Film, 'Please Forgive Me'

Drake heads to Johannesburg and Namibia in his new short action film, ‘Please Forgive Me,’ now streaming via Apple Music.

When Drake was spotted in Johannesburg this June, many, including Okayafrica, speculated it was to shoot the music video for "One Dance." What we didn't know is the Canadian rapper had an entire short film up his sleeves that trip.


The film, titled Please Forgive Me, is inspired by Drake’s VIEWS album. And it arrived as a surprise Apple Music exclusive early Monday morning.

Directed by American music video heavyweight Anthony Mandler, the 21-minute action film takes inspiration from Hollywood blockbusters like Indecent Proposal, The Bourne Identity and Taken.

As Billboard reports, it was shot on location in Soweto over the course of a single week. Filming also took place in Namibia.

In it, we see Drake star as a gang member whose girlfriend (played by Belgian model/actor Fanny Neguesha) is approached at a party by a man who offers her one million dollars to sleep with his boss (played by Nigerian, South Africa-based actor Sonni Chidiebere). Drake's “Controlla” collaborator Popcaan plays his characters co-conspirator.

The film features original music by OVO producer Noah "40" Shebib along with seven songs off VIEWS, including including “Hype,” “Weston Road Flows” and the Wizkid-featuring song of summer “One Dance.”

What’s more, Fela Kuti’s “Colonial Mentality” makes an appearance at the 13:18 mark. The afrobeat legend recorded the song for the second side of his 1977 album Sorrow Tears and Blood, whose title track he wrote as a response to the 1976 Soweto Uprising.

The film was originally scheduled to be released on 30 September, but Drizzy revealed on Sunday it would be dropping a full four days early.

You can watch the full video here. Check out a teaser for the film via Drake’s Instagram below.

#PleaseForgiveMe — A Film Inspired by The Album Views. Available now only on @applemusic.

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We'll leave with you this interview of Fela speaking on the topic of colonial mentality.

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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