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Shekhinah’s Debut Album ‘Rose Gold’ is Essential Listening

Don't ask, just listen.

After excelling as a guest on massive hits from the likes of Black Coffee, DJ Sliqe, Sketchy Bongo, and a few more in the past two years, Durban singer Shekhinah released her first solo single "Suited" in August.


"Suited" hit a million views in no time, and Shekhinah decided to strike while the iron was still hot when she released her debut album Rose Gold last week Friday.

"It's very special," Shekhinah told us in our in-studio interview with her earlier this year. "I'm hoping it can be an R&B/pop album from Africa that actually stands out everywhere."

Well, it is a special album, and it'll probably stand out everywhere.

Shekhinah was under a lot of pressure to deliver, as her features and her single were all fire flame emojis.

Rose Gold proves that the artist, who also produces, wasn't lucky in her previous efforts. The 12-track album has no skippable songs and no wasted moments, just a display of pure genius.

Her voice is special, we've all made peace with that. But what makes Rose Gold even more special is Shekhinah's production choice. It's a combination of boom-bap, trap and electronic beats, all with sprinkles of soul, which isn't that common in South African afropop.

The album features only three guests, Asali, Mariechan (from the group Jamali) and rising rapper Rogue. If you're going to skip any song, it shouldn't be the duet with Mariechan, "Different."

Listen to Rose Gold below and download it here.

Revisit our in-studio interview with Shekhinah about Rose Gold from a few months ago, here.



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1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Landing in Marrakech is 2018's Most Anticipated Art Event

The leading art fair dedicated to contemporary African art makes its mark on the continent for the first time this weekend.

This weekend, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading art fair devoted to contemporary African art, will debut in Marrakech, Morocco. The announcement of the Fair's expansion to the continent last year has left aficionados of contemporary African art in eager anticipation of this "homecoming"—this author included.

1-54 debuted in London in 2013. Although an expansion to New York followed, a presence on the continent was always part of the long-term vision of the founder Touria El Glaoui. Finally, the time has now arrived.

Here are five reasons why we're looking forward to 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Marrakech.

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This Olympic Figure Skater Blew Us Away Again By Pulling Off a Costume Change Mid-Routine

First Maé-Bérénice Méité performed to Beyoncé, now she's effortlessly slaying outfit changes mid-routine. What can't she do?

French-Congolese and Ivorian figure skater, Maé-Bérénice Méité, has pretty much been the life of the Winter Olympic figure skating competition.

Earlier this month, the athlete had the internet shook when she performed her opening routine to two Beyoncé songs. Now she's back with even more black girl magic.

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10 Stand Out Moments From Janelle Monáe's Powerful Music Videos

Janelle Monae came back making a statement—and we're just as obsessed as you are.

We've got to talk about Janelle Monáe.

Over the past half decade, she's embarked on a profound journey that's solidified her as an artist, creator and activist who isn't afraid to shoot down the stars—or shoot with them.

After having roles in Hidden Figures and Moonlight—two Oscar nominated movies where one won an Oscar, a stellar speech at the Grammy's and a stunning presence at the Black Panther red carpet, she's ready to grace us with "Dirty Computer," the latest musical venture in her Afrofuturistic saga.

To whet our appetites before the album, which is set to release on April 27, Janelle dropped not one but two music videos yesterday. Both are distinctly entertaining: one is a black, intersectional feminist anthem and the other a psychedelic soundtrack of sexual fluidity.

Watch both, then read some of the highlights we gathered from the hypnotizing visuals and powerful wordplay.

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