Out with the old and in with Donte
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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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