Shekhinah Biography: Age, Career, Songs & Net Worth


Shekhinah (born 2 October 1994) whose full name is Shekhinah Thandi Donnell is a singer-songwriter from Durban, South Africa.

She is popular for her hit song ‘Let You Know’.  Shekhinah was among the Top 32 of M-Net’s Season 7 of SA Idols in 2011 and among the Top 6 of Season 8 of SA Idols in 2012.


Shekhinah Age

She was born on the 2nd of October 1994 in Durban, South Africa. She is 29 years old as of 2023 and celebrates her birthday on October 2nd every year.

Adopted Parents

Her biological mother abandoned her at KwaZulu-Natal Hospital when she was three weeks old. Luckily, she was adopted by the Donnell family, a white family. She has a very strong relationship with her adoptive parents, Phil and Deborah Donnell.

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Phil has always been in support of her musical career, both physically and emotionally. Deborah is based in the United States and takes time to see Shekhinah.

Early Life

Growing up in a racially different family was not as challenging for Shekhinah as one would expect for an average black child. She opened up during an interview that she never felt like an outcast during her childhood but felt so much love.

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At 17 years old, she participated in Season 7 of M-Net’s South African Idols. She finished amongst the top 32 contestants in that edition. She participated again the following year and finished sixth.

Shekhinah stated that the only time she experienced racism was in 2018 when she came to Johannesburg. She was always around black people who were very Black Conscious, and she wasn’t. Her experience with racism has made her believe that humanity comes first, before anything else.

Rose Gold Album

Shekhinah dropped her debut studio album titled “Rose Gold” on October 6, 2017. The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry of South Africa on January 24, 2018, and later certified platinum on August 31, 2018.


  • Suited
  • Please Mr
  • Let You Know
  • Back To The Beach
  • Different
  • Any Way I Want
  • Power to She
  • Deme
  • Into the Jungle
  • The Sound
  • Never Change
  • Just Fine
  • Thirsty
  • Overdose
  • Rose Gold
  • Intro
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  • 2016: MTV Africa Music Award for Best Pop & Alternative
  • 2018: South African Music Award for Album of the Year; South African Music Award for Best Female Artist; South African Music Award for Best Newcomer

Net Worth

She has an estimated net worth of $500,000, which she has earned as a musician.




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