Shekhinah is a well-known pop/R&B vocalist and songwriter from Durban, South Africa. With number 1 hit singles such as Back to the Beach featuring Kyle Deutsch and Let You Know with Sketchy Bongo, Shekhinah is now signed onto international record label Ultra Records and is on the verge of releasing her debut album. The fast rising music star won her first MTV Africa Music Award (MAMA) in 2016 for the hit song Back to the Beach in the Best Pop Alternative category. Shekhinah makes her debut on Coke Studio Africa 2017 performing alongside Jano Band from Ethiopia.


Barging into the limelight during South Africa’s hit television show South Africa Idols, where she made it to the top 32 in the seventh season and top 6 in the eighth season, Shekhinah has always been a musical powerhouse. Her latest releases in 2016 saw her earn nominations at the Metro Music Award (MMA) and the South Africa Music Awards (SAMA). In the same year, she also featured on Black Coffee’s hit single Your Eyes plus the Jesse Clegg single Breathing. Shekhinah has plans to launch her first music album in 2017.


She has been establishing herself as an artist on a national scale by performing at a variety of corporate functions, government events and public events. The talented songwriter and vocalist continues to pursue her dream to be one of the most formidable forces on the South African music scene and is moving towards that goal with great strides.


Born in Durban, Shekhinah Thandi Donnell now resides in Johannesburg. She recently completed a Music Performance degree at AFDA (The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance). After singing and performing for many years throughout her childhood and early teens, the young artist landed her first major gig while competing on the seventh season of South African Idols, and hasn’t looked back since.