Shekhinah makes her GLAMOUR cover debut for the disruptors issue. Inside, the musician and star talks to Shannon Manuel about creating a space for self-empowerment and disrupting the entertainment industry.
Coinciding with National Women’s Day, Shekhinah invited us to Rose Fest, a festival filled with fantasy that simultaneously celebrated the power of women in the South African music industry – each act personally chosen by her – and her award-winning debut album, Rose Gold. “I’ve wanted to own property in the music industry since I started working on my album a few years ago, and to host a festival that celebrates talented women in the SA music industry,” she says. “It took two years, which was longer than I expected, because I had to work out all the logistics, but last year, we were finally ready to host Rose Fest in Joburg and Durban – and it really was something monumental for our country.
“The realisation I’d never been booked for anything that celebrated women on Women’s Day was a big thing for me. Women are celebrated every August, yet bookings-wise it’s always my quietest time of year. I find that strange. That’s why I knew August would be the perfect time. Every show or festival I’ve performed at has been created by men – the fact a woman has never owned these is a big deal. We support all these men who put on their shows, but why aren’t more women on the same platform? Of my staff, 90% are women, I own the company and I’m a woman. I felt it was necessary to support other women, and it was also the right time.” It was important to Shekhinah to show that you can support more than one female artist, without comparing them to each other, singling out their differences and drawing empty conclusions about who’s better – a trend that she’s fed up of. “I don’t want to pick one to support: I choose them all!” she says.
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