Kelly Khumalo responds to 'blackface' criticism for 'Empini' video

Kelly Khumalo responds to 'blackface' criticism for 'Empini' video

- Kelly Khumalo has reacted to the 'blackface' criticism she got after she dropped the music video for Empini

- The award-winning singer has expressed that she darkened her skin on Empini only for the purposes of art

- Kelly said it is a shame that people see everything as a threat against their skin colour

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Kelly Khumalo has responded to the criticism she got after she painted her face black in her latest music video. The songstress dresses in ancient Egyptian royal clothing and she looks very dark in the Empini music video.

The stunner has expressed that it's a "shame" that people see "even something as simple as art" as a threat against their skin colour. Empini has been doing very well in terms of radio airplay and it is also one of the most streamed songs on major music streaming services.

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Seeing the success of the song, the singer decided to shoot and release its music video. While some of her fans love the music video, some people have criticised the artist for darkening her skin in the video.

Kelly told TshisaLIVE that she knew the criticism would come.

"I cannot blame them, a lot has happened where black people are concerned. It is such a shame that we see everything as a threat against our skin colour, even something as simple as art."

Kelly said she hopes one day Mzansi will get to a point where people see beyond skin colour.

"It is going to take a lot and I pray to God that we heal from all these things. But, having said that, Empini is simply art."

The musician has also dropped a new single titled Esphambanweni featuring gospel star Hlengiwe Mhlaba.

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Kelly's fans have praised her for releasing good music.

skay_fuzelihle commented:

"On repeat, can't get over it."

bobolicious_b said:

"Music is really something else. I do not understand a word but it's on repeat. Thank God for your life Kelly and thank you for moving us (non South Africans) through your music."

phindilekhuzwayo wrote:

"Woooow Kelly, such a beautiful song."

nkuleshangase said:

"Yooo I can't get over this song sis. Love it."

smazoh added:

"Keep on shining Kelly. Your music never disappoints. Your strength, your hard work inspires me."
Kelly Khumalo responds to 'blackface' criticism for 'Empini' video
Kelly Khumalo has responded to 'blackface' criticism for her 'Empini' music video. Image: @kellykhumaloza/Instagram
Source: Instagram

In other entertainment news, reported that Kelly recently took to social media to share snaps of her hot body. The songstress showed a bit of her booty on the steamy snaps she recently shared on Instagram.

The award-winning singer is preparing to drop her new album The Voice Of Africa next month and she's using everything she's got to promote it on her social media pages.

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The snaps of her body are part of her album's cover, it seems. She captioned one of them:

"We [the continent] are not only rich in culture but in minerals as well, Nigeria produced more than 1.9 million barrels of oil per day in 2014 and ranked as the 11th largest oil producer in the world."

The Empini hitmaker captioned her second pic:

"South Africa has one of the deepest gold mines in Africa with about 11 700 feet deep, this mine has been operational since 1893 with a very high production of gold of 80 000 ounces per year."

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