Sour NEWYEAR NOTES FOR KELLY AND PRO­FES­SOR

Khu­malo booed dur­ing show on Mary Fitzger­ald Square

CityPress - - News - NTOMBI­ZODWA MAKHBOA ntombi­zodwa@city­press.co.za

L ocal pop star Kelly Khu­malo was booed by some angry rev­ellers on New Year’s Eve when she per­formed her hit song Asine.

Khu­malo was on stage at the an­nual free Can Do! Woza 2015 New Year’s Eve bash on Mary Fitzger­ald Square in cen­tral Joburg.

Two mu­sic in­dus­try sources who were at the gig said that when Khu­malo and her dancers walked on stage to per­form Asine, some sec­tions of the crowd booed and jeered.

Asine, which was writ­ten by mu­sic pro­ducer Sello “Chicco” Twala, is about a woman ac­cused of killing her hus­band. After Khu­malo’s part­ner, Bafana Bafana cap­tain Senzo Meyiwa, was mur­dered in Oc­to­ber, the song raised some eye­brows.

One per­son at the gig said when Asine be­gan play­ing, many par­ty­go­ers be­came up­set.

“But that did not stop Kelly from per­form­ing. She put on a brave face and con­tin­ued to give a splen­did per­for­mance to her fans,” the source said.

A sec­ond source blamed Dur­ban­ites for the boo­ing – Meyiwa was born and raised in Um­lazi – and said Asine up­sets them.

“Peo­ple will be set free as soon

FED UP Pro­fes­sor left Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium with­out per­form­ing,

al­legedly be­cause the or­gan­is­ers

kept on shift­ing his

time slot PHOTO: LUCKY

NX­U­MALO

as they know who killed Meyiwa,” said the source.

A mu­sic in­dus­try in­sider, re­spond­ing to news of the jeer­ing, said Khu­malo should stop singing Asine un­til Meyiwa’s killer or killers have been caught. “As much as we un­der­stand that she has to pro­vide for her two chil­dren, peo­ple are still angry,” said the in­sider.

Khu­malo did not re­spond to re­quests from City Press for com­ment.

There was drama for another artist in Dur­ban – kwaito star Mkhonzeni “Pro­fes­sor” Langa left the Fact Dur­ban Rocks party be­fore per­form­ing his sched­uled set. Langa con­firmed to City Press that he was billed to per­form at the event, which was or­gan­ised by Afro­tain­ment’s Mthokozisi Khathi, known to his fans as DJ Tira.

Langa said: “I was there in time for my per­for­mance. But please phone the or­gan­is­ers, they’ll ex­plain to you why I did not per­form.”

Khathi did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment. A source who was back­stage on New Year’s Eve said Langa was sup­posed to per­form at 11.30pm, but the or­gan­is­ers “kept on shift­ing his time slot”.

The source, who wit­nessed Langa’s de­par­ture and saw Khathi fol­low­ing the artist and beg­ging him to re­turn, added: “He had no choice but to leave the place, as he had other gigs on the same night.”

BOOED Kelly Khu­malo’s fans were not thrilled when she per­formed Asine at a gig in New­town,

Joburg

PHOTO: MUNTU VI­LAKAZI

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