Kelly Khumalo

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Kelly Khumalo
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Kelly Nonhlanhla Khumalo

(1982-11-11) 11 November 1982 (age 38)
Diepsloot, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • dancer
  • actress
  • brand influencer
Musical career
  • Bonsai Entertainment stable (Former)
  • ProKelly (Former)
  • Universal Music South Africa(Current)

Kelly Khumalo (born November 11, 1982) is a South African singer, actress and dancer.[1] Born in Spruitview, East Rand. She shot to fame after the release of her debut album T.K.O (2005).[2] She was named the Best Newcomer of 2005 in the Afro Pop music circuit. The Past, The Present, The Future album was released in 5 November 2012. In May 2013, She scooped award at the 19th South African Music Awards.[3][4]

Her tenth album The Voice of Africa (2020),[5] with chart topping singles "Empini" was certified gold by Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA)[6][7] and "Esiphambaweni" which peaked number one in the gospel charts.[8][9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Speaking out about having been in an abusive relationship, in 2012 she became an advocate against domestic violence.[11] The singer confessed to being a drug addict for at least two years during her relationship with the singer Molemo Maarohanye, she attended Narcotics Anonymous meetings.[12]

On 26 October 2014, her boyfriend Senzo Meyiwa captain of the South Africa men's national football team and club side Orlando Pirates with whom she has a child was shot dead in her presence at her family's home in Vosloorus.[13][14]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums
Title Album details
Simply Kelly
The Past,The Present,The Future
Back to My Roots
My Truth
My Truth
The Voice Of Africa (TVOA)[15]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Award Ceremony Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 SAMA Best Female Artist Won [3]
2020 KZN Entrainment Awards Pending


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  3. ^ a b "Kelly Khumalo shines at the SAMA 19", e-Buzz, 14 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Kelly Khumalo Scores Senzo Meyiwa’s Heart?" The Public News Hub, 7 July 2013.
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  11. ^ "Toxic is an understatement, says Kelly Khumalo", The Sowetan, 2 November 2012.
  12. ^ City Press. [1] Archived 7 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine, ‘I was an addict’ – Kelly Khumalo, 8 February 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  13. ^ Bongani Hans and Kutlwano Olifant [2], He died in my arms – Kelly Khumalo, IOL news, 30 October 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  14. ^ Citizen Reporter and Sapa [3], Kelly Khumalo now welcome at Meyiwa's funeral, The Citizen, 30 October 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  15. ^ "Kelly Khumalo The Voice Of Africa (TVOA) Album", Afrobeat ZA, 10 October 2020.

"Gospel Song Release - Esphambanweni featuring Dr Hlengiwe Mhlaba", AmenRadio, 12 Sept 2020.

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