Brooklyn-based indie-pop artist Sulene, releases her twist on the famous Destiny’s Child song, “Say My Name”, following the release of her EP, he•don•ic.
Sulene was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa but when she turned 19, she came to the U.S with plans to start her music career. In 2013, she graduated from Berklee College with a degree in film scoring and moved to Brooklyn and began to sing and write songs.
The following years consisted of her playing the guitar for Betty Who, Candy Hearts– now known as Best Ex, and for Nate Ruess of the band Fun. She’s performed on live television, her music has been featured on television shows and films. Her music has been a hit in clubs throughout the city and has made an impression on President Obama. In 2017 Sulene released her first solo EP titled, Strange— which she wrote in hotel rooms and tour buses.
On March 5, 2021, Sulene dropped he•don•ic, which she wrote, produced and recorded in her apartment in Brooklyn. He•don•ic tells the story of her relationship with hedonism and addiction which was a difficult process for her. The dark and candid lyrics were accompanied by beats consisting of synths and guitars. The EP allowed her to express herself in a different way, and she kept that going with her new spin on Destiny Child’s “Say My Name.”
Sulene grew up listening to their music and admired it. She covered the hit song about two years ago during a live show but wanted to switch up its energy. With the pandemic putting a halt on live music shows, she decided to record the cover and release it. While her version slows down and strips away the beat and takes a chill route, the lyrics and emotions behind the song remain the same. Sulene’s cover of “Say My Name” is available on all streaming platforms along with a visualizer on Youtube.