[PODCAST] Shekhinah: Trouble In Paradise Interview with Zweli on the 947 Top 40
Shekhinah navigates love on her highly anticipated sophomore album, Trouble in Paradise available - on all platforms. A well-written tale of the rise and fall you experience when loving someone, being heartbroken, and then learning that you should have always loved yourself first. Shekhinah’s 12 track body of work takes us through waves of pain, loss, recovery, and, finally, the acceptance of what her life has become. A contrast to her rose-tinted view of life on ‘Rose Gold’, ‘Trouble In Paradise’ explores the reality of life without all the filters.
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The trouble begins with the album opener, Tides, where she finds herself drowning and her partner is the only person that can save her. Track two, Not Safe, is symbolic of the bridges you burn to get to where she is, and her paradise is no longer a source of security for her anymore. This led her to feeling alone, Miserable without her partner and surrounded by all the flames that she has sparked. Fixate is a kind reminder to learn to love ourselves the way that you want others to love you. This is a key moment as she continues to learn from her past and focuses on being her biggest cheerleader, being a team player, and no longer letting herself down. Questions, the focus track off the album, explores all the different questions you have when going through a breakup. Fall Apart, Pick Up and Insecure go through the feeling of no longer needing them by your side but finding yourself reaching for your phone, hoping that they answer your heart’s call and the insecurity you are riddled with while going through this.
The album takes a turn on the Diamonds Do Interlude, where things become more romantic, signaling a move from single to wanting to be engaged. Her second last track, Love it Here, was written by none other than the Grammy Award Winner and local musician, Manana, and celebrates some of Shekhinah’s favourite memories. Beautiful, Shekhinah’s favourite song from the album, closes off the entire story and reminds us that we are beautiful as we are, regardless of the path we have walked.
Fans are in for a treat with an exceptional storytelling focus, which makes you dig deeper and reflect on your journey and how different moments in your life have made you who you are today.
Shekhinah is a Pop/R&B vocalist and songwriter born in Durban. After singing and performing in musicals for many years throughout her childhood and early teens, the young artist landed her first major gig competing in South Africa’s seventh season of the hit television show, IDOLS, where she made the Top 32. After being eliminated, she proceeded to enter the competition in its eighth season where she landed in the Top 6. She completed a Live Performance degree at AFDA in 2017.
By 2016 she had 3 hit singles under her belt – ‘Back to the Beach’, ‘Let You Know’ and Black Coffee’s ‘Your Eyes. In 2017 she releases her debut album ‘Rose Gold’ leading with the single ‘Suited’. Rose Gold (certified platinum) won 3 SAMAs (Album of the Year, Best Female Artist and Best Newcomer), 2 AFRIMAs (Best Female Artist in Southern AFRICA AND Songwriter of the Year), and MTV EMA nomination for Best African Act. Her singles were also successful – ‘Suited’ and ‘Please Mr’ were both certified platinum and ‘Different’ was certified gold.
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She's the golden voice and she's giving us another gift. Shekhinah's brand new album, Trouble in Paradise, is due and she caught up with her bestie Zweli on the #947Top40CTM.
‘Fixate’ launched the pre-order for ‘Trouble In Paradise’, “My new project “Trouble in Paradise” is a continuation of my first album “RoseGold” which spoke to blissful ignorance. The idea is that all that was RoseGold is now ablaze. Paradise is no longer the place it used to be and trouble has come. Red for me signifies the burning of Paradise and the polaroid picture on fire signifies memories of the past. A broken heart ties in the melted ice cream (to signify comfort eating), the cassette tape (speaking to treasured memories/nostalgia) and the car illustration which is an ode to the “Suited” music video which brings the concept full circle,” says Shekhinah of her new album.
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