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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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Listen to Popcaan's New Mixtape 'Vanquish'

The Jamaican dancehall star comes through with a surprise drop.

Popcaan has shared a new 10-track mixtape, Vanquish.

The new tape is the Jamaican dancehall act's first release as a signee of Drake's OVO Sound. It follows his excellent album, Forever, and recent feature on Davido's "Risky."

Vanquish comes just ahead of Popcaan's Unruly Fest in Jamaica. The artist has also teased a new album coming in 2020.

"This project is a Christmas present for all my fans, especially the ones who will be turning out and supporting me at the 'Unruly Fest' the day after the release. Next year will come the real album, but for now let's enjoy Vanquish together."

Popcaan featured on Davido's "Risky" earlier this year, one of our Best Nigerian Songs of 2019. He also jumped on a remix of J.Derobie's "Poverty" back in April, a track that was one of Best Ghanaian Songs of the year.

Listen to Popcaan's Vanquish below.

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Fela Kuti Has a New Reissue and a New Official Website

Partisan & Knitting Factory Records reveal "the first-ever official website and comprehensive historical resource for the life and music of Fela Kuti" alongside a reissue of Music Of Many Colours.

The king of afrobeat Fela Kuti has an extensive new website.

The new website, which was developed in close partnership with the Kuti family by Partisan and Knitting Factory Records, will look to provide the latest news about Fela re-issues from Fela, new projects and events, commissioned editorial articles, merch, and more.

Fela's longtime manager Rikki Stein mentions, "bringing together such a gifted team of creators to build this ultimate, all-singing, all-dancing tribute to my friend is a source of immense pride and satisfaction. As is always the case with any enterprise involving Fela, it goes above and beyond people simply exercising their professions and becomes a labor of love for all involved."

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Watch the Hazy Music Video for Burna Boy's 'Secret' Featuring Jeremih and Serani

Burna Boy drops a new music video for a fan favorite from his Grammy-nominated album 'African Giant.'

Grammy-nominated Burna Boy shares the music for the latest single "Secret," a fan favorite from his seminal album African Giant.

The track, which features American singer Jeremih and Jamaican dancehall artist Serani, is arguably one of the album's most fun and memorable tracks. The song gets a hazy music video starring the three artists in various dimly-lit, monochromatic settings. The video was directed by David Camarena.

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Listen to J Hus' New Album 'Big Conspiracy'

The artist's highly-anticipated sophomore album features Burna Boy, Koffee and more.

J Hus is back. The heavyweight British-Gambian artist returns with his highly-anticipated sophomore album Big Conspiracy.

The 13-track album features the likes of Burna Boy, who joins the artist on the upbeat track "Play Play," as well as buzzing Jamaican artist Koffee who appears on the track "Repeat," one of the album's clear standouts.

It also features a new artist by the name of iceè tgm on three tracks. Some fans have speculated that the mysterious artist is J Hus' sister. The album includes the previously released single 'Must Be,' which he dropped in November of last year.

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