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Shekhinah drops new R&B album 'Trouble In Paradise'

Shekhinah Experiences 'Trouble in Paradise' on Her Latest Album

Shekhinah's sophomore album 'Trouble in Paradise' is a candid journey in overcoming heartbreak.

South African R&B and pop songstress Shekhinah has finally dropped her sophomore album Trouble in Paradise. The 12-track project, initially scheduled for a 2020 release, is the official follow-up to Shekhinah's 2017 debut album Rose Gold, and captures the evolution of her sound. Featured on the album are Una Rams, Luke Goliath and Bey T.


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Trouble In Paradise album is a story of finding and losing love. Each track threads through different episodes of an internal journey of pain, loss, recovery and finally, the acceptance of self as the only source of love. The album is certainly more experimental than Rose Gold and crosses genres to include, even, dance music. Shekhinah's voice, however, is still as hypnotic as ever.

"Fixate" featuring Bey T is an upbeat number about self-love while "Tides" and "Pick Up" featuring Una Rams are slow and sensual tracks that keep to Shekhinah's signature sound. "I Love It Here", which was written by Grammy-nominated South African singer Manana, is a nostalgic song that has Shekhinah going down memory lane.

Shekhinah has delivered Trouble In Paradise right in time for what threatens to be a broody winter season for the southern parts of the world. Having taken a short hiatus from the music industry in 2019, following several surgeries that she has since opened up about, it's great to see Shekhinah in her A-game.

The platinum singer-songwriter has come a long way since making waves on the South African Idols stage back in 2012. In 2018, Rose Gold won her three South African Music Awards, two AFRIMMA awards and an MTV EMA nomination for "Best African Act". Her latest offering promises to surpass the success of Rose Gold and we're certainly here for it.

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Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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