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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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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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