Drake headed to South Africa for his latest music video, and the Canadian rapper sent locals into a frenzy when he was spotted filming scenes for his chart-topping single One Dance in Soweto. Drake, 29, also used his trip as an opportunity to inspire youngsters by delivering a motivational speech at the Nelson Mandela Foundation centre.
Fans were surprised by Drake's arrival and quickly posted photos of the Hotline Bling hitmaker posing and interacting with the locals on Instagram. According to Instagram user Luda01, "everyone entered groupie mode" when they caught sight of their musical hero, who wore a beanie and grey blanket around his shoulders when caught on set.
Luda01 captioned another photo of himself with the hip hop star: "It's @champagnepapi bruh! Maad fun linking up with Drake this morning." Another read: "I'm still shocked and in denial bruh. Got to meet this living legend in Soweto this morning literally. This life thing has a funny way of working out. Humble dude."
In a photo posted on Drake's Instagram, a group of local young men can be seen wearing traditional clothing suggesting that the One Dance visuals will feature a tribal theme.
The song, which appears on Drake's fourth studio album Views, has spent a staggering eight weeks at number one in the UK making it the longest-running chart-topper of the digital age (since downloads and streams were counted). However, the Young Money rapper could lose his place atop the singles chart with Kungs and Cookin' On 3 Burners currently at number one on the midweek chart, according to the Official Charts Company.
Making the most of his time in South Africa, Drake combined the trip with shooting the music video and speaking to children at Johannesburg's Nelson Mandela Centre Of Memory. In a video clip of the speech, Drake says: "I encourage you to do everything you can to make the future here as bright as you possibly can. We're all young. We all have some end goal or some dream."
He continued: "And take it from me, I sat around for a lot of days thinking about my family, my loved ones, where I'm from and trying to make the place where I'm from proud of me. If I can do it, anyone in this room can do it so I encourage you to do it for yourself, for your loved ones, friends and family. Especially for the place that you come from because this is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world and I thank you for having me."