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Listen to Kelly Khumalo’s New Album ‘Unleashed’ Featuring Vusi Nova and Kyle Deutsch

Kelly Khumalo releases a follow-up to 2016's My Truth.

South Africans singer Kelly Khumalo has a new album out titled Unleashed. The 12-track album is, as expected, soulful with music that leans towards jazz, soul and Afropop. It's a follow-up to 2016's My Truth.


The artist told The Sunday Independent that the album took nine months to make, adding:

"It's a full pregnancy, and I've gone through all the phases. I've gone through morning sickness, depression and all the emotions that one can possibly think of to finally give birth to this."

Most songs on Unleashed reveal a happy Kelly, who is dealing with her issues with a positive outlook on life through the challenges she faces. This is a recurring theme throughout the album, which consists mostly of love songs and personal songs such as "Happiness" and "Strong Woman." There are also a few gospel songs such as "Jehova" and "Your Will."

Unleashed only has three guest features—the rapper J F.L.O, and singers Vusi Nova and Kyle Deutsch. The latter appears on "Lonely Fool," which is produced by Durban-based electronic/pop producer Sketchy Bongo.

Stream/download Unleashed here.

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Image courtesy of Killbeatz.

Interview: Killbeatz' Short & Sweet Debut EP, 'Love and Happiness'

We speak to the renowned afrobeats producer about his joint Love and Happiness EP with King Promise & Ofori Amponsah, and his daughter's inspiration behind the project.

Killbeatz needs no introduction. The producer born Joseph Addison is one of the biggest hitmakers as far as afrobeats is concerned. From R2Bees to Sarkodie to FuseODG to M.anifest, Killbeatz has blessed your favorite singers and rappers alike with the soundtracks to their biggest hits. From the azonto era to the global spread of afrobeats, his contribution to African music as a whole cannot be overstated.

However, Killbeatz' influence doesn't stop at just music production. Behind the scenes, he's a complete industry player. The CEO of Ghanaian record label Legacy Life Entertainment, he's responsible for bringing star singer King Promise to the limelight.

Despite producing for the crème de la crème of the Ghanaian music industry as well as several international artists over the length of a decade, the highly-influential producer and instrumentalist never had a project of his own. Now he has set out to change that. In October 2020 Killbeatz dropped his debut EP, titled Love and Happiness.

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