Out with the old and in with Donte

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Sunday World - - News - MOSA MOKHEMA

HER life might be full of drama, but that hasn t stopped Kelly Khu­malo from set­ting her sights on a new man.

The vo­cal pow­er­house, due to give birth to her sec­ond child soon, has taken as­pir­ing singer Del­ton Donte Smith un­der her wing and can t wait to un­leash him on Mzansi.

I ve al­ways had a soft spot for Donte. Not only be­cause his fam­ily is like my sec­ond fam­ily, but be­cause I gen­uinely be­lieve this boy is Mzansi s next Justin Tim­ber­lake, said the award-win­ning singer.

Khu­malo put her money where her mouth is by fea­tur­ing Smith in a re­cent video of her sin­gle We Makhel­wane.

She said Mzansi was in for a nice sur­prise.

That white boy can dance! I m se­ri­ous when I say this boy is the full pack­age. He makes me a be­liever ev­ery time I watch him per­form, she en­thused.

But Smith (25) is not ex­actly break­ing into the i ndus­try with the R&B/elec­tro al­bum he is record­ing.

He was dis­cov­ered by Khu­malo and her con­victed ex-boyfriend, Molemo Jub Jub Maaro­hanye, as a teenager a few years ago.

It hap­pened through his mother, who owns a real es­tate com­pany and once sold Jub Jub a house.

Af­ter he lis­tened to my demo, it didn t take long be­fore Molemo took me un­der his wing, let­ting me come to the stu­dio with him and tak­ing me to the hottest par­ties in the in­dus­try,” Smith said.

Molemo took me every­where with him, I even started to feel like a star my­self.”

The fast life soon caught up with the im­pres­sion­able teen, with too many par­ties, mess­ing around with many girls, drink­ing ex­ces­sively and even do­ing soft drugs

But the as­pir­ing star said: I ve been clean from liv­ing a reck­less life of sex, drugs and al­co­hol for nearly three years now. Even though Molemo is not here to hold my hand as I give my mu­sic a chance again, I ve been for­tu­nate to have Kelly go out of her way to spread my mu­sic.”

Smith said he had tried go­ing it alone, but ended up fall­ing vic­tim to con­men when he was swin­dled out of thou­sands of rands for stu­dio time and club gigs that never ma­te­ri­alised.

Last year, fate re­united him with Khu­malo when they bumped into each other at a su­per­mar­ket. I was so touched when she im­me­di­ately wanted my new demos so that she could hook me up with the right people.”

Smith said he was record­ing vo­cals to elec­tro house beats with var­i­ous DJs.

I want to make ev­ery girl in Mzansi dance like crazy to my mu­sic. But most of all, I want my mu­sic to cut across race bar­ri­ers.”

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