In the second season of Rolling With..., e.tv charts Kelly Khumalo's rise to reclaim her crown as the queen of South African popular music. Rolling with Kelly captures interesting moments of the superstar trying to turn her life around.
Kelly Khumalo has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, and the Rolling With series aims to reveal the real Kelly Khumalo as she makes amends with her past.
Mention the name Kelly Khumalo in a conversation and chances are the words drugs, abuse and Jub Jub will be part of that dialogue. The name Kelly Khumalo has become synonymous with the whole idea of the good girl gone bad.
Since being nominated as the Best Newcomer of 2005 on the Afro Pop Music Circuit, the public has witnessed Kelly's life spiralling down. Since her fall from grace and her very public split from musician Jub Jub Maaronyane, Kelly has had to move back home to her mother's house in Spruitview and pick up the pieces of her life.
Produced by Red Pepper, Rolling With Kelly reveals the real Kelly behind the persona, as she interacts with family and friends, confronts her fears and insecurities, and deals with life's obstacles and challenges.
Viewers also see Kelly and her manager, Sarah Shongwe negotiate a new record deal with Universal, Kelly empowering people through her experiences, as well as her attempts to confront the past and make amends.
The 13-part season begins with the viewer getting to know who Kelly Khumalo is and what made and destroyed her. In the season, Kelly handles misfortune as she tries to navigate her life, both personal and professional, to conquer her demons but the question is: will she find success?
Ultimately Rolling With Kelly Khumalo is a story about second chances. With enthusiasm, passion, laughter and tears, Kelly lives life true to who she is... and viewers will share her struggles and triumphs.
People who feature in Rolling With Kelly Khumalo include:
35-year-old Sarah has been Kelly manager when she (Sarah) and her then husband offered Kelly a record deal in 2004. Their relationship has fallen apart and for years Sarah and Kelly were not on speaking terms.
After years of separation, Kelly and Sarah made amends and Kelly has rehired Sarah as her manager. Sarah is organised and keeps Kelly on the straight and narrow. Sarah lives with her family in Spruitview.
Zandi is Kelly's younger sister. This 24-year-old loves the good times, is fussy about details and wants the best of everything. Zandi hates trouble, yet ironically she spells trouble.
Kelly loves Zandi to bits and prefers not to disagree with her in public.
Percy knows Kelly in and out. He is the music director of Rhythm City and a freelance journalist. Percy is known as a flamboyant person who's not afraid to speak his mind. He always has Kelly's back and looks after her intergrity.
Nthombi is Kelly's mother. She is a typical traditional mother and does not approve of discussing personal business in public. She is not comfortable in front of the camera and easily gets emotional, especially when she talks about old times or the hard times.
A good friend of Kelly, Sanele is quiet and a thinker rather that a talker. She has a lot in common with Kelly and her sister, and is good for bouncing ideas off.
Also a friend of Kelly's, Nomsa is a good listener, honest and naïve.
Teboho (road manager)
Teboho managed Kelly when Sarah was booked off sick. He is also secretly in love with Kelly.