Kelly unleashes emotions on stage
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.