It’s art mim­ick­ing my life. I’m ex­cited about that.

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Shekhi­nah was in­tent on get­ting a rough ver­sion of Suited to a spe­cial place and be­lieved she would. “I first got the track from Luke Go­liath – a young pro­ducer from PE,” she re­mem­bers. “Then I recorded Suited. But there was just some­thing miss­ing. The guys I work with – we’re re­ally soul­ful – so they weren’t able to take the song to where it needed to be or give it that ex­tra per­cus­sive thing.”

“Then Mapho­risa mes­saged me, say­ing he’s re­ally down to work. I was like: ‘You’re ly­ing,’ ” Shekhi­nah laughs as though she is still in dis­be­lief that he would want to col­lab­o­rate with her. “Be­cause that’s Mapho­risa,” she ex­claims.

“He asked me what I was work­ing on and I told him I have this track but it’s miss­ing

The 22-year-old whose pen-game is per­fect for the ra­dio tells me about why she wanted to lyri­cally make the con­nec­tion be­tween be­ing young, hav­ing fun and the se­ri­ous­ness of com­mit­ment. “That line speaks to the fact that I’m so deeply in love with my boyfriend and with my art as well,” she leans in to em­pha­sise the art bit.

“Yes, it’s also about mu­sic,” she con­tin­ues. “I’m so deeply in love with mu­sic and I know that I’m so young but it’s all okay. I know I’m too young to be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing so much love and at­ten­tion but this is it, this is my life. A lot of peo­ple wouldn’t con­done mov­ing to Joburg straight af­ter high school with no money to try to make this mu­sic thing hap­pen but that’s what I did. And now look ... what a love!” Shekhi­nah’s new sin­gle, is avail­able to buy at all dig­i­tal stores.

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