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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:

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Ethic's Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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