Kelly Khumalo is one of the most controversial South African artists to date. The controversy usually has a lot to do with her love life, having dated a confirmed woman-beater (God rest his soul because I don’t want to go to hell for speaking ill of the dead), a convicted criminal currently serving time for culpable homicide, and most recently Senzo Meyiwa, a local soccer star who was shot and killed in her home. All that said; she is a very talented singer who is an all-round entertainer. Her live performances have been known to have men’s hearts racing.
‘Asi Nne’ is a track from Khumalo that received a lot of airplay over the 2015 festive season on local radio. ‘Asi Nne’ means ‘it wasn’t me,’ and many have said that the track is a response to accusations that she hired hitmen to kill her soccer star partner. Details of the shooting have been hazy at best, and it’s an ongoing investigation, but what we do know for sure is that the track was released before Meyiwa’s shooting.
Khumalo even performed the song on a local sports show where her partner was a guest. He introduced the song for God’s sake. This means it was either a creepy as hell coincidence, like that time Edgar Allan Poe wrote a book about a ship crew stranded at sea that ended up eating their cabin boy, only to have that exact scenario take place in real life 46 years later, or she did organize the hit. Poe’s account was so creepy that the name of the cabin boy that was eaten was the same as that of the fictional cabin boy who became dinner. Do you see Poe on public trial for being a wizard?
Regardless, ‘Asi Nne’ is still one of my favorite tacks, and it addresses a serious issue. In African culture, if the husband dies, it’s always the wife that killed him. It doesn’t matter if the poor bastard blew his own brains out or jumped off a bridge, it’s always the wife. Always! But if the wife dies, the husband had nothing to do with it because they are such angels. My personal opinion, Khumalo’s track is awesome! The events that followed are just an unfortunate coincidence.
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