Celiwe Khumalo, 38 whose stage name is Chubby plans to release a Covid-19 based song to deliver a message of hopetowards the end of August. She sat down with Gauteng News and said her decision to write Amaphupho was motivated by the deadly pandemic facing the world. The song is a gospel tunefused with Amapiano beats.
“I sing about God’s mercy and forgiveness on all what we did wrong as the world. He once promised that he will never destroy the world with fire or water but bring sickness. He again commanded that during that time we need to sit still in our homes until his rage and anger ends. The song is based on the saying that ‘sizwile, siyavuma, siwonila, sixolele, amaphutho wethu wonke Nkosi aphelile’, this is because now we cannot do things that we had planned as Covid-19 is killing people”, said Chubby.
On 1 August 2019 she released a single titled Power of Womanwhich was dedicated to Woman’s month as well as women tormented by abuse. Through the single she was reflecting on her life as a woman- the hardships and abusive marriage she experienced.
“Power of Woman song gave birth to a book which has the same title. They act as voices from my heart and stand against women abuse. The message is notorious and indicates that women are home makers, caring and loving so why do we get misused and abused? Power of Woman single touched a lot of men and women. Even men sing a hook that says ‘wathinta abafazi, wathinta imbokodo, umhlaba ungaba yini ngaphanhle kwethu’. Women are strong and wear a smile even when going through tough times”, she said.
The muso currently based in Diepkloof, Soweto said she got inspiration from her late uncle Joe White who sang alongside the likes of the late legendary Ray Phiri and Stimela.
“Music has always been my first love. I was singing in school choir called Natal Youth and studied Music at UKZN. In 2013, I came up with a concept called Dlala Mapantsula movement which focuses on old school music. Dlala Mapantsula is made up of Kwaito legends such as Mapaputsi, Jakarumba and Alaska. The movement has been a success and the brand is growing. Early 2018 I met Mr Buddy Buddy- my producer andstarted working on my music”, she said.