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Kelly Khumalo


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In 2003, Kelly was discovered by Sarah and Bonsai Shongwe when she performed at a Gospel Star Search, doing a gospel song that many were familiar with.
What they had not heard before, was the powerful, raw voice that came from this petite unassuming woman, who would later become one of South Africa’s biggest stars, known for the voice that can break down any wall
After being discovered by Bonsai Shonngwe (who would later be her producer), they wasted no time and put her in to the studio, to record her debut album. Before that, she was taken around to perform in small venues, to get her accustomed to performances. Her first performance as a professional artist was in front of a 30 000 strong crowd at a Kaizer Chiefs soccer match. Then hardly two months into the music industry she was the opening act for American Rap star, Missy Elliott.
Kelly’s debut album, “TKO” was released in August 2005 to much acclaim with the hit song “Qinisela”, which was arguably the biggest hit that year. The album was nominated twice at the South African Music Awards (SAMA) and Kelly was the only female artist nominated in the Song of the Year category. The song was her biggest hit and remained on national radio charts for five months.


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