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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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Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

Read: How Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Makes Space For Black Creators

"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

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