She seems to have turned Botswana into her second home lately and after her spellbinding performance in Jwaneng at the weekend, it is clear why they keep calling her back.
But long before Kelly Khumalo and other artists hit the stage there had been a cold breeze of apprehension and frustration at the poor logistical arrangements by the organisers. It took at least two hours just to drive into the venue because the security personnel seemed clueless about who had the right to park inside.
But thankfully all those frustrations were put to rest following incredible performances by the various artists on the night plus a breath-taking wrap up performance by the controversial South African.
After watching the second loop of the Toyota 1000 Desert Race on Saturday, June 27, fans turned up in droves at the Jwaneng Council stadium for a night of song and dance. Khumalo was at her best again.
Rocking some ‘provocative’ outfit that matched with her equally provocative dance moves the SA songstress and her two dancers had the crowed feeding off palm of their hands. She had almost everyone shoving their way through the crowed trying to get as close to the stage as possible. Some drooling gentlemen suddenly whipped out their mobile phones to take pictures and shoot videos of the performance. After all, she’s been known to reveal a little more than anticipated at some of her previous performances.
But her performance would not be complete without her famous ‘Asine’ which she saved for last. Before then she would tease the crowed with a short acapella rendition of the song before moving into the next song and have them screaming for more. And to her credit, she did give the fans a double dose of the famous song after they cried out for an encore.
Performing other hits from her previous works like Qinisela and Itshitshi Khumalo wrapped up what had been an incredible night despite the cold. Her performance was preceded by fellow South African, Dj Merlon; whose track ‘Koze Kuse’ has made him a house-hold name here in Botswana. Kwaito group, MMP Family, also impressed.
The new kids on the block have cemented their place in local music industry and their hit Lebala Kanna has become an anthem among young music lovers in the country. Traditonal music singer, Shumba Ratshega, whose latest album and title track ‘Ke thala dinte’ has gotten everyone talking was at it again with his provocative music and sense of humour. He also performed his equally controversial ‘Leso la Monnamogolo’ from the previous album. Other acts on the night included Culture Spears and various deejays.