Zandie Khumalo

Zandie Khumalo discusses ‘Ikhwela’ song and Senzo Meyiwa’s trial .Image via @zandie_khumalo_gumded/Instagram

Zandile Khumalo opens up about ‘Ikhwela’ song and Senzo Meyiwa trial

Kelly Khumalo’s sister Zandie Khumalo-Gumede denies claims that her new song, ‘Ikhwela’, is about a whistleblower in the Senzo Meyiwa trial.

Zandie Khumalo

Zandie Khumalo discusses ‘Ikhwela’ song and Senzo Meyiwa’s trial .Image via @zandie_khumalo_gumded/Instagram

Popular songstress Zandie Khumalo-Gumede, who is also Kelly Khumalo’s sister, has opened up about her latest song, Ikhwela, which Twitter “detectives” assumed was about soccer star Senzo Meyiwa’s murder trial.  

Khumalo-Gumede revealed in an interview with Daily Sun that the song has nothing to do with the Senzo Meyiwa trial.   

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The 29-year-old singer also told the publication that Ikhwela is about dating in the olden times and rubbished claims that it’s about the Senzo Meyiwa trial or her songstress sister Kelly Khumalo who dated the Bafana Bafana captain at the time of his death in 2014.

“The song is about dating in the old times. It’s a typical story of a young woman, born and raised in rural areas.”

“Unfortunately, her family is overprotective of her. She’s not even allowed to have a boyfriend. When she finally starts dating, her boyfriend has to use Ikhwela (whistle) to get her out of the house.”

The songstress adds that this is a typical journey for most young black women and felt that it’s important to remind people where they come from as black people.

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The star also dismissed claims by social media users that the song is linked to the trial or that she wants to “expose” her sister.   

“The song was released weeks before the trial started. I wish people can respect my work and stop twisting and misinterpreting my song in order to satisfy their own agendas.”  

Khumalo-Gumede says it’s painful to see her craft being distorted in this manner and wishes for people to stop doing this.   

The songbird also made headlines on Friday 3 June when she posted a picture of her sister Kelly Khumalo on her Instagram and said she’ll always support her.  

“Till the wheels fall off mntaka,” she also added some of the song’s controversial lyrics: “Whenever you need me, Dali, call me.”