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“I am re­ally blessed, happy and in a good space,” songstress Kelly Khu­malo de­clared to City Press yes­ter­day. She is hav­ing the time of her life for the first time in 13 years in the show­biz in­dus­try.

The singer, whose life has been marred by drama with her of­ten mak­ing con­tro­ver­sial news head­lines in re­cent years, ap­pears to be bounc­ing back as her ca­reer is set to blos­som once again.

Khu­malo re­cently scored her­self a new television talk­show called Love and Mat­ri­mony, which de­buted on GauTV – DStv chan­nel 265 – from 7.30pm last night. The show is all about love, mar­riage and break-ups.

The vo­cal­ist, who has had her fair share of ex­pe­ri­ence when it comes to mat­ters of the heart, will be host­ing other celebri­ties on her show to share their ex­pe­ri­ences of love.

She will put her guests in the hot seat in an up-close­and-per­sonal chat about their love and re­la­tion­ship ex­pe­ri­ences. She hopes to get them to open up about their un­der­stand­ing and in­ter­pre­ta­tion of love and how they are han­dling it them­selves.

And for her de­but show, she did not go far from home for her first guest. Younger sis­ter and BFF Zandile Khu­malo, who is also a singer, was her first guest to take to the hot seat. Why her sis­ter? Khu­malo says Zandile is the clos­est mar­ried per­son she knows that is deeply in love.

“It was re­ally an hon­our ... my sis­ter is a newly-wed and it’s been ex­cit­ing for me see­ing her tran­sit­ing from be­ing my sin­gle baby sis­ter to, now, my mar­ried baby sis­ter. She doesn’t al­ways share in­ti­mate de­tails of her mar­riage with me [but] it was re­ally fun and in­sight­ful to hear where she stands and feels about love and mar­riage,” Khu­malo says.

She says, as sis­ters, they con­fide in each other and share se­crets. Hav­ing her in the stu­dio as a guest was not any dif­fer­ent from their nor­mal sis­terly con­ver­sa­tion, she said.

City Press caught up with Khu­malo as she primped her­self for the Vo­da­com Dur­ban July. The singer has be­come a queen of the red car­pet. Her long or­ange dress was a show-stop­per at the Sa­mas re­cently. For the July, Khu­malo wore a cobalt blue chiffon em­pire gown embellished with cobalt and cop­per crys­tal stones along the em­pire front-line – to com­ple­ment the The Colour of Magic theme of the an­nual horse-rac­ing event.

“It’s translu­cent and takes well to dif­fer­ent forms of light­ing. Magic is what the mind reads and the let­ters are in the colour blue,” she said self-ap­prov­ingly.

Her out­fit is al­ways chock-a-block with de­tails, so the shoes and jew­ellery be­come just a point of ref­er­ence at the end of her closet jour­ney.

“There is noth­ing as great as a de­signer that you don’t have to go to and con­sult each time. Tsotetsi [Khothatso Tsotetsi of Tsotetsi KL, who has been dress­ing the songstress for the last five years] un­der­stands me to a point where I do not see my dresses un­til back­stage or at the event. No one could ask for a bet­ter de­signer,” she said.

Tsotetsi could not agree more. “We al­ways plan Kelly’s out­fit im­me­di­ately once we get off the car­pet. The process be­hind each look be­gins with a con­cept and sto­ry­board phase to make-up and hair. Then Kelly and the of­fice will con­firm the looks and give pro­duc­tion a go-ahead.”

With vi­o­lence against women and their hor­rific deaths be­ing on the in­crease, Khu­malo will ded­i­cate the month of Au­gust to all the abused women and chil­dren that will ap­pear on her TV show. A spe­cial show has been planned and she promised it “will be a night to re­mem­ber”.

So what keeps her go­ing? “God keeps me go­ing; he is my strength, my refuge and my ev­ery­thing. See­ing my kids grow and live the lives they do re­ally in­spires me to push even harder and work for them.”

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