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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.

Interview

Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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