Drake Gets a Dabke Show at his Birthday Party

This one is for the culture

Drake needs no introduction. The Toronto rapper is no stranger to making headlines, even here in the region. First it was an Arabic verse in his ‘Only You Freestyle’ that had the Arab world rejoicing. This week, he celebrated a 35th spin around the sun in the most Arab of ways— and to be honest the excitement seemed to be palpable.

Inviting a rich cohort of A-list celebrity friends to partake in the celebrations, one handful of guests stood out from the rest of the star-studded gathering, namely Al-Asala Dabke Group, Canada’s very first Palestinian traditional dancing band. 

Usually hired to perform at engagements or graduation ceremonies, this time the crew managed to give 6God a first festive taste of shami culture by surprising the singer with an Arab “Zeffe”; a performance that is customarily performed at weddings. And from the reactions we saw online, the internet was LOVING it. 

This is not the first time that Drake shows his love towards the Arab world. From stepping in to help Lebanon through its struggles with a special OVO cedar hoodie to choosing Levantine food to be served at his release dinner party for his ‘Certified Lover Boy,’ album,

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