Songstress Shekhinah Unveils a Dazzling Short Film for ‘Fixate’

Durban-born singer and songwriter Shekhinah released the much-anticipated visuals for her latest single ‘Fixate’ featuring Nairobi-born singer Bey T. Aptly released on Valentine’s day last month, the short film has already amassed thousands of views on the singer’s YouTube channel. 

Written, performed and narrated by Shekhinah, the ‘Fixate’ short film was shot and directed by Monde Gumede, who filled the crisp visuals with poignant storytelling. Much like Shekhinah’s highly-anticipated sophomore album Trouble In Paradise, the clip explores themes such as resilience, nostalgia and rebirth. 

With images of plants, flames and songbook pages offsetting scenes with archery and tennis, the project – shot entirely on 16mm film – artfully explores the notion of being a team player in both the artistic and athletic sense. The undertone of red hues seeks to represent the burning of the past’s blissful moments. “My new project, Trouble in Paradise, is a continuation of my first album RoseGold, which spoke to blissful ignorance. The idea is that all that was RoseGold is now ablaze. Paradise is no longer the place it used to be and trouble has come. Red for me signifies the burning of Paradise,” Shekhinah shares.

Matching the attention to detail with regards to image, renowned stylist Boogy Maboi dressed her subjects – including Barbie JacksonNkuley MasemolaBandile Koketso Mbuli and Tamara Moeng – in theme-enhancing attire. From the floral, bedazzled and athletic looks this short film portrays, the ethereal spirit of the track is maintained with a deft touch. With the teasing of upcoming single ‘Insecure’ closing out the short film in a shimmering spectacle, the narrative of ‘Fixate’ promises to be expanded upon further.

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