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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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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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