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Drake Is Shooting ‘One Dance’ Video in South Africa

Pictures from frenzied fans confirms Drake has been visiting the Rainbow Nation.

Drake’s earworm “One Dance” featuring Kyla and Wizkid is finally getting the official video treatment in South Africa.


This comes as Drizzy broke a UK record Friday, edging out Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” for having the longest-running number one single since there was such a thing as a legal download (RIP Napster).

We suspected something has been stirring for the Champagne Papi when he posted this Instagram photo of crew, Material Culture, part of the “izikhothane” dance-battle subculture created by black youth in South Africa’s townships.

@material_culture sell offfffffff

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Then photos and videos started surfacing online from frenzied fans confirming the Views rapper has been visiting the Rainbow Nation.

Apparently Drake has been making the rounds at the Melrose Arch and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Joburg, a slight detour from Soweto where he has been shooting the video.

And it appears the Canadian rapper has mended his relationship with Popcaan of Jamaica after the dancehall artist was controversially dropped from the album-version of “Controlla.”

OVOUNRULY @champagnepapi @popcaanmusic

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Once the video, directed by Anthony Mandler, hits the internet, which could be at any moment now, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, check this:

Interview

Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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