I have responsibilities: Kelly

By Drum Digital
25 November 2014

Kelly speaks about grief, new album and being a feminist

Thirty days after the brutal murder of her boyfriend Senzo Meyiwa, Kelly Khumalo has decided to host a  media briefing. To kick start the session, held at Universal Music offices in Johannesburg.  Kelly performed her much talked about single, ‘Asine’ from her new album, ‘Back to my Roots’. One of the questions many are itching to ask is: isn't it too soon to be coming back to work?

"First of all I am a working woman, I was before the incident and I will be after," says the singer firmly.

"I have a responsibility to my children and fans. I am a mother with two children to raise.”

A week after Senzo's funeral, Kelly performed the popular Tshivenda song on SABC1’s Live Amp. Viewers could tell she was still grief-stricken but, like a true professional, Kelly held her own. Yet again, today it was clear Kelly was still overwhelmed during her performance.

Before proceeding, Kelly sitsclose to her music producers Eugene Mthethwa and Chicco Twala, and asks that she be given time to grieve.

"I would much appreciate that all of you give me time - until I am ready to talk about it."

Eugene adds that while society allows men to grieve for a few days, a woman is expected to do so for months. He goes on to ask whether society would be treating the goalie the same way Kelly has been, should it had been her who was killed.

Naturally, people questioned the song title, Asine - a song about a woman accused by her in-laws and community of killing her husband.

"The song was written months ago by Chicco," explains Kelly. "Little did I know the song was prophetic." Chicco goes on to add that he actually wrote the song based on his personal experiences and that it had nothing to do with Kelly.

“As from now, I hope the Senzo stigma leaves Kelly,” says Eugene.

On the lighter side, it looks like Kelly’s album seems to be flying off the shelves.

-          KOKETSO MASHIKA

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