Kelly’s song of hope for women

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When singer Kelly Khu­malo re­leased her Metro FM award-win­ning al­bum My Truth last year, she opened a Pan­dora’s box about the past that she had pre­vi­ously vowed to leave closed. But her fans loved it.

With her star on the rise again, she told City Press this week that she was ready to re­lease a new sin­gle, Thumb. It is a song about hope and the direc­tion her life is tak­ing.

My Truth fea­tured an emo­tional track about her slain boyfriend, soc­cer star Senzo Meyiwa, in which she de­clared: “No one will re­place Senzo.”

Now that the wounds are slowly but surely heal­ing, she has penned a song that “speaks to a lot of is­sues that women are fac­ing”.

“The fo­cus is to give hope not only to South African women, but also to women across the world be­cause we are all fac­ing the same is­sues,” she said.

She wrote the song “late one night” while trav­el­ling to KwaZulu-Natal to per­form in the ru­ral town of Nkandla.

“We were on the road, on the tour bus. Every­one was sleep­ing ex­cept me. I didn’t know what to do with my­self. So, I looked at my re­flec­tion in the win­dow and thought: ‘Kelly, you are still so beau­ti­ful and you can still smile. How is it pos­si­ble that you can do all this af­ter what you’ve been through?’ And the an­swer to that was hope!”

It was then that she de­cided to write a song to in­spire and en­cour­age women go­ing through tough times – a mes­sage made more rel­e­vant to South Africans given the re­cent spate of femi­cides.

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“Peo­ple need to have their hopes re­stored and to un­der­stand why hope is im­por­tant – so they can move for­ward with their lives,” said the singer.

She will re­lease the song in Au­gust to co­in­cide with Women’s Month, as part of her on­go­ing cam­paign to sup­port women. Khu­malo said the pro­ceeds from a con­cert she plans to host on Au­gust 24 would be do­nated to causes aimed at uplift­ing women.

Draped in a golden cloth and an in­tri­cately wo­ven crown with lit can­dles, Khu­malo took City Press be­hind the scenes while film­ing her mu­sic video for the sin­gle.

The singer, who has been sober for more than five years, aims to be a bea­con of hope for those suf­fer­ing the ef­fects of drug ad­dic­tion. “I want to show drug ad­dicts through my so­bri­ety that they too can re­cover and have a good life.”

Khu­malo is also bring­ing her star power and tal­ent to her new talk show, Love and Mat­ri­mony, through which she hopes to in­spire peo­ple who have given up on love.

“I am not say­ing that I am a re­la­tion­ship ex­pert, but I un­der­stand love more than any­one else,” she said.

“If it hadn’t been for God’s love for me, I would not be the woman I am to­day. Hav­ing to talk about love and mat­ri­mony, and putting peo­ple to­gether and shar­ing their good and bad ex­pe­ri­ences with the pub­lic, also gives hope where love is con­cerned.”

Asked what she was plan­ning for Man­dela Day, she said she would hand out food parcels to the needy and spend time with peo­ple in her com­mu­nity in Ekurhu­leni.

Love and Mat­ri­mony airs on GauTV, DStv chan­nel 265, on Satur­days at 7.30pm

PHOTO: LEON SADIKI

Kelly Khu­malo dur­ing her mu­sic video shoot at The Mar­ket The­atre in New­town

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