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Kayode Maria Söderberg Shekoni, also known as Kayo Shekoni or simply Kayo, is a Swedish singer, dancer, actress and TV presenter.

On January 31, 2023, she was announced as a permanent judge on Drag Race Sverige.[2]




Kayo has a long, successful career as both a solo artist and as a member of several bands. Her bands include pop group Freestyle, eurodance duo Le Click and pop trio Afro-Dite. Afro-Dite won Melodifestivalen 2002 and participated in Eurovision same year, where they placed 8th. Kayo was part of Nordik beat-scene. She hosted Fångarna på Fortet, the swedish version of Fort Boyard, in which her now co-judge, Farao Groth would been involved with on a later season. She is classically trained in ballet. Kayo is very active on theatre stage too.

Memorable Quotes[]

Drag Race Sverige Season 1[]

  • TBA


  • Kayo voiced Nala in the Swedish dubbing of Disney's The Lion King (1994) and its sequels (1998, 2004).[1]


Drag Race Sverige Season 1[]

Drag Race Sverige Season 1 Looks[]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Lejonkungen Nala (voice)
1994 Pillertrillaren Angelica Bremling
1998 Lejonkungen 2 – Simbas skatt Nala (voice)
2002 Snow Dogs Barb (voice)
2002 Den vilda familjen Thornberry – filmen Akela (voice)
2004 Lejonkungen 3 – Hakuna Matata Nala (voice)
2006 Myrmobbaren Kreela (voice)
2013 Turbo Flamman (voice)
2019 Lego-filmen 2 Drottning Jablideh Ja'wilma and Mamma (voices)
2019 Uglydolls Wage (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1994-1997 Fångarna på Fortet Co-Host (self) with Gunde Svan
2002 Melodifestivalen Contestant (Afro-Dite) Won (1st)
2002 Eurovision Song Contest Contestant (Afro-Dite) 8th
2003 Melodifestivalen Contestant (Afro-Dite) Placed 7th
2006 Melodifestivalen Contestant (self) Placed 14th
2006-2007 Förkväll Panelist (self)
2020 Bäst i test Guest (self) Season 4, Episode 6
2023 Drag Race Sverige (Season 1) Judge (self)



Album Title Release Date
Kayo 1990
Kärleksland 1993
Out There (featuring Kayo) 1996
Le Click (featuring Kayo) 1997
Never Let Go (with Afro-dite) 2002


Single Name Release Date
Vill Ha Dej 1980
Time's on My Side (with Supereffect) 1984
Hot Stuff (with Stanton Klub) 1988
Hon Sa (with Anders Glenmark) 1990
Natural Experience (only released in the UK) 1990
Säg Vad Du Vill/Tid För Mig (with Jean-Paul Wall) 1990
Change of Attitude 1990
Another Mother 1990
Gimme Your Love 1991
Brother 1991
Do You Know (with Lab 5) 1991
Thing Called Love (with Natural Experience) 1992
Don't Leave Me (with Natural Experience) 1992
Om Natten 1993
Sommar 1993
Kärleksland 1993
Torka Dina Tårar 1993
Om Du Vill Ha Mig Som Jag Är 1993
Let It Begin – Peace in Mind (with Out There) 1996
These Honest Hands (with Out There) 1996
Call Me (with Le Click) 1997
Call Me-New Mixes (with Le Click) 1997
Don't Go (with Le Click) 1997
Voodoo Fever (with Le Click) 1997
Show Me (with Le Click) 1997
Tell Me That You Want Me (with Le Click) 1997
Something To Dream Of (with Le Click) 1997
If I Can't Have You (with LFO) 1998
Wannabe (Somebody Special) 1998
Never Let It Go (with Afro-Dite) 2002
Rivers of Joy/Shining Star (with Afro-Dite) 2002
I Love Clubbers (with Clubbers International) 2002
Turn It Up (with Afro-Dite) 2002
Aqua Playa (with Afro-Dite) 2003
In Your Life (with La Bouche) 2003
Innan Natten Är Över 2006
(If It Makes You) Feel Good 2007
You Got The Look (Foxy) 2012
Every Queen (with Robert Fux) 2023


Year Title Role Venue Notes Ref.
2016 En druva i solen Lena Younger National Theatre (tour)
2018 Taube Today Uppsala City Theatre
2019 Häxorna i Eastwick
(The Witches of Eastwick)
Alexandra Spofford Cirkus, Stockholm
2020 Varsel Uppsala City Theatre Half Opening due to Covid-19 protocols
2021 Cyrano de Bergerac Leila Ragueneau Kulturhuset Stadsteatern
2022 Den omättliga vägen Royal Dramatic Theatre

External Links[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kayo Shekoni | IMDb
  2. Post by dragracesverige | Instagram — January 31, 2023