The single, “One Dance,” which features Wizkid and Kyla, is built around African vibes provided by producers Noah “40” Shebib, Nineteen85, and DJ Maphorisa, a DJ and artist from Soshanguve, Pretoria.
In an interview with Genius, DJ Maphorisa said he was in Los Angeles two weeks ago working on Wizkid’s upcoming album and the chance to hop on Drake’s hit track came through.
According to the 28-year-old, born Themba Sekowe, after remixing Wizkid’s “Ojuelegba” last summer, Drake collaborated with the Nigerian artist on “One Dance” via email. Here’s what he said on the collaboration with Drake.
“I was recording Wiz when they sent [the files],” Maphorisa said, referring to Wizkid’s background vocals on the song. “There was nothing really there. We started working on it—I added some production.”
According to Maphorisa “One Dance” was finished in only a week—it’s one of four tracks they recorded. He says “One Dance” is blowing up in Mzansi and that it best sums up Drake’s sonic ambitions. That means there’s probably more of Drake and Wizkid working together yet to be released.
“He’s making other artists be aware of other sounds, to be out of the box, not to do the same thing all the way. Also for him, he’s challenged ’cause now he’s not in a comfortable space that he can just do what he’s supposed to do. Be different and come up with new things.”
WizKid has been credited with linking him up with the likees of like Chris Brown, Jermaine Dupri, and Jidenna, and the two have worked together since 2014 when he produced “In My Bed”. The song was credited to Uhuru, a four-man South African group that includes Maphorisa, producer DJ Clap, pianist Mapiano, and vocalist Xeli.