Five minutes with... Shekhinah
Shekhinah has come a long way since entering in 2011. What does she get up to when she’s not singing, recording, or performing at the SAMAs? Apparently, she can be found
enjoying Sumting Fresh’s glorious fried chicken Why Sumting Fresh?
I’m obsessed with their fried chicken!
They put it in a steamed bun, and over skinny fries; it’s insane. On a Sunday, we go to the Fourways Farmer’s Market, pay R10 to go in, buy from the Sumting Fresh stall, and go home. I go both there and to the restaurant for the chicken. We even shot our last music video there.
What’s your signature dish at home?
I don’t cook enough! I always buy
Woolies’ seeded rolls to have with ham, or a chicken with couscous. My partner [designer Lungelo Lifa Xulu] and I don’t have time, so we make small, quick meals. If friends are coming over, I’ll get a rotisserie chicken from Woolies, or I’ll make chicken-and-mushroom pasta or lasagne. That was my favourite dish as a child. With home-made three-cheese sauce. What do you eat before you sing?
I can’t eat much before a show. Afterwards, I go to Hudson’s or Sumting Fresh and pig out. We really just drink a lot of water beforehand. We often have to wait in a place where there’s food and drink, and it’s not good.
You’ve just won three SAMAs, how did that feel?
It feels like I studied really hard at school – I focused and got full marks.
It’s something I’ve been working hard on for a long time, so that feels really good.
You grew up in Durban and live in Joburg – how do the cities compare? What I love about Durban is that it’s home. I was born at Addington Hospital on the beach and I’ve always felt a really strong connection to the ocean. It makes me feel like myself; refreshed. Also, there’s no winter. And I love the fact that my family is there. But after I’m refreshed, I miss Joburg. I wanna get up and go and work. Joburg is such a fast-paced, colourful place. Joburg puts a firecracker under me and I appreciate that.
Talk us through the song-writing process. How does a song get built?
If it’s a collaboration I’ll get the instrumental from a producer or the person who owns the beat and if I really like it, I’ll record an idea and that ends up being the chorus or the hook. From there you just build. It’s the building that takes the time – it can stretch out to six months or a year. I record in a home studio – so everything is very chilled; it’s very intimate.
Who keeps you going?
My dad, Phil, and my sister, Liz. She is the person who encouraged me to audition for Idols. She encouraged me to explore my dreams and passion for singing. She’s still involved; she’s really, really talented. After the competition, my dad was the motivating force behind me, encouraging me to make the right decisions. It’s hard to see things holistically when you’re in a career led by passion; to see where you want to go. He encouraged me to study music so I could fall back on it – be a producer, a music teacher. He felt like that was important and I really appreciate that, because honestly without my AFDA degree, we wouldn’t have gotten the music that we have out of me.