Kelly un­leashes emo­tions on stage

The Sunday Independent - - UP'N ABOUT -

KELLY Khu­malo did not fail to de­liver with her one-night-only per­for­mance at The Lyric theatre in Gold Reef City.

The singer, ac­com­pa­nied by a live band, a choral ensem­ble and sur­prise acts, made sure the night was one to re­mem­ber.

Khu­malo had never done a onewoman show in the 13 years she has been in the mu­sic in­dus­try.

The event was at­tended by celebri­ties, mu­si­cians and fans of the Uthando singer.

Hav­ing started her ca­reer in gospel, Khu­malo opened the night with a med­ley tak­ing the au­di­ence back to the early days.

Dressed in a white wrap dress, the star looked an­gelic ac­com­pa­nied by a choral ensem­ble.

Her next seg­ment saw Khu­malo switch from in­no­cent to sexy, re­mind­ing the au­di­ence of how her con­tro­ver­sial im­age started. Clad in a tas­sel short red num­ber, Khu­malo let loose and got the fans mov­ing to her hits It­shit­shi and Qinisela and her fa­mous dance moves were on full dis­play.

Thami Shobede, Idols run­nerup and fan favourite, was one of the acts who joined Khu­malo on stage to sing a duet of the pop­u­lar Sob­a­bili. The two had pre­vi­ously sung the song to­gether dur­ing Shobede’s time on Idols.

The next sur­prise act was Khu­malo’s sis­ter Zandie.

She came on stage in a princess dress, in the same hair­style as Khu­malo, singing the song Ngiyabuza. Khu­malo then joined her on stage to carry the song to­gether.

In be­tween per­for­mances, Khu­malo played clips of her life jour­ney. She also shared her story about the night Senzo Meyiwa was killed.

She spoke over the slide show and took a few mo­ments to gather her­self as she re­called the pain­ful day.

“I didn’t want him to feel like I was giv­ing up on him, I did ev­ery­thing I could, I prayed un­til I ran out of words to say.”

Khu­malo then said she left the room where they were try­ing to re­sus­ci­tate Meyiwa to go and pray and then she heard a loud shrill com­ing from her mother,

“…and then I knew that he was gone.”

She fol­lowed with the song that Meyiwa loved, Asine. She called him her num­ber-one fan. Dur­ing the Asine per­for­mance Khu­malo spoke about how the min­is­ter of po­lice’s op­er­a­tion “wanya tsosti” was all over so­cial me­dia but couldn’t un­der­stand why the peo­ple who killed Meyiwa were still “run­ning free”.

Af­ter a 20-minute in­ter­val, Khu­malo then donned her God­dess of Light head­dress, wrapped in a satin red num­ber on top of a stage prop to sing an­other gem.

She also per­formed with the clas­sic vo­cal­ist, Brenda Mtambo, and the ladies moved the au­di­ence to tears and goose­bumps.

Khu­malo said Mtambo was the one singer she could con­nect with spir­i­tu­ally.

Naak Musiq joined Khu­malo on stage to sing Baby Please. Khu­malo sang from the up­per gallery in a set-up rem­i­nis­cent of Romeo and Juliet . The last set of slide shows showed her love for fam­ily and got her mother to bring her two chil­dren to the stage. Khu­malo then closed off the show with her hit sin­gle, Uthando, get­ting the au­di­ence to sing along.

Eight out­fit changes later, the emo­tional Up Close and Per­sonal show came to a glo­ri­ous end with flow­ers, bal­loons and cake for the star.

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