Around The World With Drake

How do you create a hit that both breaks sound barriers and chart records? Drake has done this with a unique mix of international music from Africa, the Caribbean, the U.K. and Canada. But is his chart topping success musical appropriation or celebration? A deep listening reveals diverse influences and musical rhythms that have crossed oceans centuries before “One Dance” was even conceived. Plus, we debut Blinky Bill’s “So Strong,” his first single off his upcoming solo album.

Songs Discussed

Drake – One Dance (feat. Whizkid & Kyla)
Ojuelegba Remix – Wizkid ft. Drake & Septa
2Baba – Coded Tinz ft. Phyno, Chief Obi
DJ Maphorisa – Soweto Baby feat Wizkid & Dj Buckz
Crazy Cousinz – Do You Mind ft. Kyla
The Revolutionaries – General For General
Barrington Levy – Dance Are Changing
Joh Thomas – Ghetto Dance
Papa Biggie – Youth Them Have To Grow
Yellowman – Adam & Eve
Mighty Diamonds – Love Me Girl
Drake – Hotline Bling
Timmy Thomas – Why Can’t We Live Together
D.R.A.M. – Cha Cha
Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie XX – Take Care Of You
Drake – Take Care ft. Rihanna
Drake – JunglePaul Simon – Graceland
Paul Simon – I Know What I Know
Moby – Natural Blues
Vera Hall – Trouble So Hard
David Guetta – Hey Mama (ft. Nicki Minaj)
Sangkala – Gamelan Degung
Joel Francisco Perri – Las llamas de Potosi
Habib Koité – Africa
Kwaa Mensah – Odo Me, Me Sum No DoChico O’farrell – Sin Titulo
Trio Matamoros – El Que Siembra Su Maíz
Joseph Kabasele – Africa Bola Ngombi
E.T. Mensa & The Tempos – Fom Fom
Fela Kuti – Lagos Baby
Fela Kuti – Elbe Moi (Carry Me)
Fela Kuti – LadyWizkid – Show You The Money
Blinky Bill – So Strong

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