Singer Kelly Khumalo, has pulled out of pop singer’s biopic, and the reason why she walked out of the show is yet to be established, but some unconfirmed reports are that she was shown the exit door.
She was supposed to play Lebo Mathosa but she won’t be, and this has forced the organisers to rope in R&B singer Keabetswe “KB” Motsilanyane at the last minute as her replacement.
According to City Press, someone close to the production said the reason Khumalo dumped the show was because she was not pleased with the money she was offered.
“She has been complaining to the producers of the show how unhappy she was with the money she was offered but I guess they failed to meet her demands.
“So this might be one of the reasons she left.
“On Monday Kelly was seen at the premises of The Pyramid Day Spa in Johannesburg, where a few scenes were shot but she was not part of the production. That was the last time we saw her,” the insider alleged.
But, another well-placed source, also close to the production, claimed that Khumalo was sent away by the production house because of her demands which the organizers thought were too much.
“She didn’t want to share her wardrobe room with other actors and made everyone’s job difficult. They had to let her go,” claimed the source.
Khumalo’s manager, only identified as Pat, told the same publication yesterday (on Saturday) his client was not at liberty to comment.
“Due to a contractual agreement between my client and the production house we cannot comment at this stage. When she is ready she will tell her side of the story,” said Pat.
Monde Twala, VP for MTV, MTV Base and BET at VIMN Africa, said: “BET Africa can confirm that the cast for Dream, The Lebo Mathosa Story has now been finalised and production, which is on schedule, has commenced across story relevant locations in and around Gauteng. The lead biopic cast will be announced and revealed imminently.”
City Press is reliably informed that the 40-year-old Motsilanyane, who is playing the character (Lesedi Moloi) on SABC2’s soapie drama 7de Laan, has since began shooting.
The insider, also alleged that the Mamosadi hitmaker was reportedly at the Pyramid on the same day Khumalo was seen at the place.
Many people would remember Motsilanyane as Lucille Vilakazi on Rhythm City, which ran from 2007 to 2015.
Efforts by City Press to get a comment from Motsilanyane, who made her first TV debut on e.tv youth soap opera Backstage as KB, were fruitless, as she could not respond to calls.
The Lebo Mathosa Story looks into the late Boom Shaka singer’s incredible life.
Meanwhile, the show's viewers will have a chance to peep into Mathosa’s incredible journey as one member of the popular Kwaito group, which took South Africa by storm in the early 1990s.
According to City Press, the other actors who will be part of the biopic are legendary actor Sello Maake Ka-Ncube, dancer Khabonina Qubeka, veteran actress Connie Chiume and socialite Somizi Mhlongo’s daughter Bahumi Madisakwane, who will be playing a young Lebo Mathosa.
The final cast will be revealed at the media briefing visit set for tomorrow.