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South African born multi award winning singer-songwriter Shekhinah, joins forces with WildAid, Rockstar, OAS1SONE and over 80 African superstar singer-songwriters in a historic first-ever a world tour series of Premium Livestream Concerts, to lend their voices in support of Africa’s wildlife conservation, raise awareness for climate change and plastics pollution, and have their messaging, voices, music and live performances broadcast across several Pan African and global platforms.

Shekhinah, born Shekhinah Thandi Donnell, is a Pop/R&B vocalist and songwriter born in Durban, South Africa. After singing and performing in musicals for many years throughout her childhood and early teens, the young artist landed her first major gig competing in South Africa’s 7th Season of the hit television show, IDOLS, where she made Top 32. After being eliminated Shekhinah proceeded to enter the competition in its 8th season where she landed in the Top 6 of the overall competition. She went on to complete a Live Performance degree at AFDA in 2017.

Shekhinah has established herself as an artist on a national scale by performing at a variety of corporate, government and public events since her stint on IDOLS. In 2016 we see her with 2 #1 hit singles under her belt – “Back to the Beach” and “Let You Know”. In 2016 the hit song “Back to the Beach” was nominated for a Metro Music Award (MMA) and a South Africa Music Award (SAMA) but in October she won the MTV Africa Music Award (MAMA), while completing her degree. In 2017 Shekhinah released her debut Album “Rosegold”, leading with the single “Suited”.

2018 was a wonderful year of growth and success for Shekhinah, with her being nominated for 6 SAMA’s and winning 3 (Album of the Year, Best female artist, Best Newcomer), an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Act and 6 AFRIMA nominations of which she won 2, Best Female Artist in Southern Africa and Songwriter of the year. With the success of her singles “Suited” (certified platunum), “Please Mr” (certified platinum) and “Different” (certified gold), Shekhinah has taken her performance all over Africa and has collaborated with many international companies and artists. Shekhinah has joined international acts on the South African leg of their World Tours, namely John Legend, Toni Braxton and Ed Sheeran. Rosegold is currently certified platinum in SA and Shekhinah is optimistic this will continue to grow with her being one of the most streamed South African artists in 2018 and 2019 and making the list for Forbes Africa’s ”30 under 30” creatives.

In 2019 Shekhinah branched out and created a platform focused on uplifting females in the South African music industry, Rosefest. With 2 festivals in 2012, Johannesburg and Durban, we saw a phenomenal 17 female performers engage with 6000 festival go-ers in a celebration of female talent and comraderie. Shekhinah moved this platform online for 2020 which featured 11 female artists performing in studio for online viewers after an 8-week long campaign which saw Rosefest partnering with LifeLine to hold discussions around issues South African women face. These can be found on YouTube.

In 2020 Shekhinah released “Fixate”, her lead single from her new album “Trouble in Paradise”, followed by “Tides”. Her second studio album is out now.


WildAid and Rockstar are bringing together artists and musicians from across Africa by lending their voices to support wildlife conservation and have their messaging and music broadcast across several African and global platforms. Thank you for joining us in raising awareness of this important cause.


WildAid is an international wildlife conservation charity that specializes in mass media campaigns to protect wildlife, raise climate change and plastics pollution awareness. Animals like lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, hippos, and pangolins are all threatened by poaching and illegal trade, to speak up for our wildlife and encourage audiences to appreciate that the true value of wildlife lies in keeping it alive.

By lending your voice to our campaign you are joining a list of global and African ambassadors, including Harrison Ford, David Beckham, Eliud Kipchoge, Davido, Vinka, Jane Goodall, Jacky Chan, Karun, Lupita Nyong’o, Azawi, Djimon Hounsou, Yola Semedo, Ralph Fiennes, Nandy, Edward Norton, C4 Pedro, Jeremy Renner, Selmor Mtukudzi, Mayorkun, Tendai Mtawarira, Ben Pol, Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World), Karina Barbosa, Anita Jaxson, Sir Richard Branson, Ommy Dimpoz, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Melodie, Lang Lang, Kate Hudson, Odile Gertze, Maggie Q, Tyson Chandler, Yao Ming, Winnie Nwagi, Minnie Driver, Josh Duhamel, Danai Gurira (Black Panther), Aslay, Master Po Ping (Kung Fu Panda), Tara Kirk, Pau Gasol, Nvirii, Norman Reedus, Maurice Green, Kristen Bauer, Keegan Allen, Joakim Noah, Amitabh Bachchan, Amanda Beard, H_art The Band, Allen Johnson, Al Horford, Bo Derek amongst over 300 others of some of the world’s leading and most influential personalities from across the planet.



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