Songstress Kelly Khumalo is at a place where she is happy and at peace, which she feels as the right state of mind to be in as she prepares for her Gospel Explosion concert at Lyric Theatre on April 15.
Khumalo said she was grateful to her parents who made sure the church was her foundation.
“I grew up in church and it is part of who I am. I wanted to do the concert before lockdown but circumstances did not allow it. Our plans had to be postponed but the country is fully open again and we can we go ahead.
“I’m grateful to my parents who made sure church became part of who I am. It was instilled in me. I don’t think I would’ve survived the intricacies of the industry if it wasn’t for my spiritual grounding and journey with God.”
Kelly said she connected with Hlengiwe Mhlaba and Taki Ndou and wanted to share this moment with her fans. She said she has a surprise for concertgoers on the night.
“Hlengiwe is part of the line-up because we have a song together, but I grew up listening to the likes of Hlengiwe and Sipho Makhabane and I fell in love with Hlengiwe so it made sense she had to be part of this show.
“I recently fell in love with Taki Ndou and found Babe Ngisite while I was driving. It was so beautiful. I connected to the song and started going into his music. Now I’m a fan and he is going to on stage with me and that’s exciting. All of this exciting. It is people who have been part of my journey and that’s what makes it more authentic”.