TV Guide: Kelly Khumalo in the raw

2012-09-14 11:19

Percy Mabandu gives us an idea of what to expect in the life and times of the infamous Kelly Khumalo

Tonight will see e.tv take its celebrity reality show Rolling With into its second season.

The new run will focus on the infamous Kelly Khumalo, the Afropop singer who shot herself irretrievably into the public’s imagination both for her talents as an entertainer as well as her capacity for controversy.

The show promises to uncover what’s behind the hype.

It’s a 13-episode, step by step journey that aims to reveal Khumalo as she makes amends with her past.

It endeavours to paint an image that recreates her not only as a singer, but also as a mother, daughter, friend and businesswoman.

The first episode, which airs tonight at 6pm, is reportedly going to be a kumbaya situation.

It will feature Khumalo’s friends, colleagues and rivals offering their opinions on their relationships with her.

So viewers will get themes on “good girl gone bad”, or “struggling hustler in hard Jozi”.

Once the talking heads are done, the narrative journey will start in earnest in the second episode.

Viewers will be taken down the hall of memories with the socialite.

First stop is the changes in her life as she makes a move out of her mother’s house in Spruitview, Ekurhuleni, to Northcliff in Joburg.

She moves in with her manager, Sarah Shongwe and Zandi, her younger sister.

The trio are basically the principal players in the show.

Their fights and loving embraces create the central axis around which other characters come into Khumalo’s life story.

Her mother, friends and lovers only provide diversions.

There’s a promise of a scintillating episode that explores Khumalo’s “bad-boy” attraction.

It explores her relationships with the likes of controversial kwaito star Jub Jub, along with the campaign by her sister to get her a good man.

This hunt for love even brings church elders as advisers.

It ends with Khumalo meeting another “bad boy”, whom she falls in love with.

The story of her biography, The Kelly Khumalo Story, written by Melinda Ferguson and Shongwe, makes the storyline too.

It features in episode 10.

There certainly will be comparison with her limelight rival Khanyi Mbau.

But there’s a refreshing excursion where Khumalo takes her biographer to KwaZulu-Natal to meet her grandmother.

They slaughter a chicken for the high-flying guests from Joburg.

Ferguson as a cultural outsider is especially fascinated for a good measure of culture shock.

The journey closes with Khumalo celebrating her seventh year in the entertainment industry.

Has it been well worth the roll?

Well ... the fat lady is yet to sing.

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