“The woman that you see in front of you is self-made,” says Kelly Khumalo in the opening sequence of her reality show Life With Kelly Khumalo, now streaming on Showmax. “I can’t say I have a point of reference when it comes to being a good woman. However, I am now ready to embrace the greatness that God has created me for.”
A household name by 21, Kelly is one of South Africa’s biggest music stars, who’s been named Best Female Artist at the South African Music Awards, sold millions of albums,opened for Grammy winner Missy Elliott, and has over 1.7m followers on Instagram alone.
In her Showmax Original, South African audiences will get a front-row seat to Kelly’s life as a single mother of two who is juggling parenting with the build-up to the release of not just her new album, The Voice of Africa, but also her first gin, appropriately titled Controversy. “My life has been nothing but controversial,” says Kelly. “There’s always a push and pull; she said, she did not; did she? did she not? conversation about me, so it made sense for me to name my drink Controversy.“
Life With Kelly Khumalo is also a glimpse into Kelly as a businesswoman. From the studio to the boardroom, her hustle knows no boundaries. At the start of the show, Kelly is preparing to launch both her new album, The Voice of Africa, and her first-ever alcoholic beverage, Controversy Gin – just as South Africa went into lockdown and both concerts and alcohol sales were banned in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“At the end of the day, I’m a mom who’s making a living and has to protect her business with everything she has,” says Kelly in the show.