It’s been a while since Shekhinah’s debut album, graced our airwaves in 2017.
The wait is finally over as South Africa’s ‘Rose Gold’ icon has just released her new album, ‘Trouble in Paradise’, and it’s safe to say that it was worth the wait.
Where her debut album showed us a more blissful, youthful side of her, ‘Trouble in Paradise’ feels like an honest opening up to the not-so-pretty sides of life.
“This album was definitely impacted by COVID-19 in a positive way,” Shekhinah explains. “It kind of forced me to reconnect with being in-studio. I think I was just really focused on doing shows, building Rosefest (the women’s empowerment festival she founded), and making an income. I was really avoiding the studio, and I think COVID-19 just quieted everything down so that I could develop tunnel vision for the studio.”
Shekhinah delves into the heartbreak of lost love, loneliness in lockdown, but also, the positives – like learning to love yourself through the tough times, and reconnecting with your purpose.
Shekhinah’s message to Kaya 959 readers:
You can get a taste of Shekhinah’s album on Apple music here:
On songs like ‘Questions’ and ‘Fall Apart’, we get a sense that Shekinah is grappling with deep emotions over a wide range of genres and styles produced entirely by her longtime collaborator, Goofy – all the way to the closer, ‘Beautiful’, which is a self-affirming anthem that she wants women to use to remember that “love is inside you”.
‘Trouble in Paradise’ shows a newfound strength in Shekinah, most importantly, in herself.
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