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Top Billing exclusive getaway with Kelly Khumalo and Chad Da Don
Top Billing enjoys an exclusive weekend with Kelly Khumalo and Chad Da Don
As if Kelly’s new album Unleashed wasn’t already the thrill of the summer, hot on its heels came her romance and marriage with record producer, songwriter and rapper Donovan Chad Mansoor better known as Chad da Don.
The two met on the set of one of Kelly’s videos and it was love at first sight, well for Chad at least. After one date, he knew she was the one. Romance blossomed and the two have also collaborated professionally on their song Gcwala!, with hopes of also producing an album together one day.
Music isn’t the only thing the couple have in common and their faith is an important factor in bringing them together.
Kelly appreciates how upfront Chad is about his intentions as well as how his faith is not only one he wears on his sleeve but that he’s tattooed onto himself in affirmation – living his beliefs.
It was through Gospel music that Kelly came to the nation’s attention as her debut album TKO hit the mark with two SAMA nominations, and Chad’s roots in Hip Hop began in a teenage Christian rap group. Their music and faith are one.
With a relationship largely in the public eye it’s natural to need an escape every now and then, and Kelly and Chad invited us along to the amazing Itaga Private Game Lodge in the shadow of the Waterberg for a romantic getaway.
The lodge has eight luxury rooms offering privacy and overlooking a watering hole that is perfect for plenty of animal sightings. Even if safari isn’t your thing, the amazing on-sight spa is available for a restful, luxurious day of pampering.
The lodge was the perfect setting for a weekend of surprises for the couple, the first being that Chad invited Kelly’s family along too.
Kelly’s daughter Thingo, son Christian Khwezi and mother Gladness Khumalo were all thrilled to be a part of the occasion. Family is an important pillar for both Kelly and Chad, and Kelly’s new sister, brother and mother-in-law have welcomed her warmly.
In the biggest surprise of the weekend, Chad got down on one knee and surprised Kelly with a beautiful engagement ring and a traditional proposal they hadn’t had before, which she naturally accepted!
This is his way of giving her the sun, the moon and the stars.
We wish you many years of happiness Kelly and Chad!