Kelly Khumalo Profile
Kelly Khumalo was born on 1st November 1984 in Spruitview, Gauteng, Sout Africa. He is a South African singer and actress. She was named as the Best Newcomer of 2005 in the Afro Pop music circuit.
Kelly Khumalo Music Career
In 2003 she was discovered by Sarah and Bonsai Shongwe when she performed at a Gospel Star Search. Bonsai Shongwe later became her producer. She did perform at small venues to get accustomed to performances. Her first performance as a professional artist was in front of a 30 000 strong crowd at a Kaizer Chiefs soccer match. Then hardly two months into the music industry she was the opening act for American Rap star, Missy Elliot.
In 2005 she released her debut album ‘TKO’ which had her hit song ‘Qinisela’ which remained on national radio charts for five months. The album was nominated twice at the South African Music Awards (SAMA) and Kelly was the only female artist nominated in the Song of the Year category.
Kelly Khumalo’s second album “Itshitshi” was released at the end of 2006. The album was also nominated for a SAMA, as well as her third album, titled “Lobola”. Kelly’s fourth album, titled “Simply Kelly” showed a more mature artist who was growing in her craft. The album featured American songstress Syleena Johnson.
In 2012 she released her album titled ‘ The Past, The Present , The Feature’. The album featured the hit song I Live For Love. The album won Kelly the Best Female Artist Award in 2013, a huge milestone in her career.
In 2014, she released her album ‘Back to my Roots’. The album featured Asine, a Venda song that shot to the Top 10 on the iTunes World Music, where it remained there for weeks. The album further cemented Kelly as one of South Africa’s finest vocalists, reaching gold in no time.
Kelly Khumalo Age
She was born on 1st November 1984.
Kelly Khumalo and her Baby
The singer gave birth to a baby girl. The singer took to Twitter to thank everyone for their well wishes on the birth of her second child, a daughter named Thingo (rainbow in isiZulu). The tweet read, “Thank you all for the congrats Msgs Baby Thingo(Rainbow) and I are healthy and Happy. God bless.”
Kelly Khumalo Songs
- I Live For Love
- Uyinkosi Yamakhosi
- Ngofa Nawe
- Niku Bambe
- We Makhelwane
- Ngi Ngazi
- Iphupho Lami
- My Testimony
- Togrther Apart
- Sinner’s Prayer
- I Keep Fighting
- Walk round Heaven
- Dance Africa
- I Really Love You
- Thuma Mina
- You Can Fly
- My Truth.
Kelly Khumalo Acting Career
Her first acting career was her role on a youth drama ‘Mthunzini.com.
In 2007, when the youth soapie ‘Rhythm City’started she was chosen to play ‘Sunay’- a singer who has massive talent, as well as load of a stinking attitude.
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She is also a reality TV Star on etv’s Rolling with Kelly as well as Reality Check.
She is aso being featured on an upcoming movie ‘My Zulu Wedding’ alongside international actors Darrin Henson and Carl Anthony Payne.
Kelly Khumalo Talk show host
She is the intended talk show host ‘Love and Matrimony’ which will be filmed at Zallywood studios and is due to air at the end June 2017 on GauTV, DSTV channel 265.
This show aims to promote love regardless of the challenges that comes with it. It will cover all different types of relationships from open marriages or relationships, to gay and lesbian relationships, and to breaking up and making up.
The show will be profiling South African celebrities and well known people about their love life, marriage, breakups and challenges that are found in relationships.
Kelly Khumalo Awards
- 2013: She won the Best Female Artist Award during the South African Music Awards (SAMA)
- 2017: Best Female album during the Metro FM Award.
Kelly Khumalo Book
- Her biography ‘ The Kelly Khumalo Story’ was released and launched in 2012. It was written by Melinda Ferguson- an author and journalist
Kelly Khumalo Family
She is a mother of two children, a son Christian whose father is a convicted rapper Molemo Maarohanye popularly known as Jub Jub. She was romantically involved with Senzo Meyiwa who was a footballer. Senzo was shot dead at Kelly’s home in an alleged armed robbery. By the time of his death Kelly was heavily pregnant and in March 2014 she gave birth to a girl who she named Thingo which means rainbow in IsiZulu.