SINGER, SONG WRITER
Shekhinah’s story is one of resilience. Representing Durban, South Africa, the singer and songwriter proved that she had what it takes when she was chosen for the Top 32 in season 7 of Idols South Africa, and again in the Top 6 for Season 8 of Idols in 2012. Years of singing, performing, and writing later, it looks like Shekhinah’s hard work paid off; her debut album Rose Gold hit certified platinum in 2018, solidifying her place in the music industry and sending her off into the stratosphere of superstardom.
With Rose Gold, Shekhinah was nominated for six South African Music Awards last year (she won three, including Album of the Year, Best Newcomer and Best Female Artist). And her music is reaching millions; Rose Gold is the highest streamed South African album. But more than that, and why she has real staying power in youth culture, is her embrace of the range of South African identities, especially when it comes to queer representation in her videos. “I think it’s just something that’s in me. I grew up with queer people,” she told IOL. “I grew up with a lesbian mom. And that’s my norm. The difference is my norm and it’s not something I really think about.”