Babes Wodumo Biography
Babes Wodumo whose real name is Bongekile Simelane was born on 26th July 1994 in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. She is a South African model, dancer and Kwaito musician known for her hit song Wololo.
She first appeared in the music scene in 2014 when she was featured on the Sir Bubzin song ‘Desha’. In 2016 she broke out as a solo artist when she released her hit single “Wololo”. She is the founder of he West Ink Dance Academy.
Her stage name means “the famous Babes,” and she says when she was born, there was a group called The Babes and she had eyes like one of its members, which her father always referred to and said “Lo uw’Babes’ (this one is Babes).” The ‘Wodumo’ came because she used to do dancing, acting, soccer, athletics, and was good at them all and became famous for them.
Babes Wodumo Age
She was born on 26th July 1994.
Babes Wodumo Album
She has one album so far, Gqom Queen, Vol. 1, which was released in 2016.
Babes Wodumo Nominations
- 2017: Best Dance Album, Gqom Queen Vol. 1, at the 16th Metro FM Music Awards.
- 2017: Best Female Artist, Gqom Queen Vol. 1, at the 16th Metro FM Music Awards.
- 2017: Best New Artist, Gqom Queen Vol. 1, at the 16th Metro FM Music Awards.
- 2017: Song of the Year, Wololo, at the 16th Metro FM Music Awards.
- 2017: Best Kwaito Album, Gqom Queen, Vol. 1, at the 23rd South African Music Awards
- 2017: Newcomer of the Year, Gqom Queen, Vol. 1, at the 23rd South African Music Awards.
- 2017: Best Female Artist of the year at the 23rd South African Music Awards.
- 2017: Best International Act: Africa at the BET Awards 2017.
Babes Wodumo Boyfriend
Babes is in a relationship with Mandla ‘Mampintsha’ Maphumulo. Babes shared a picture of herself with boyfriend Mampintsha in a Zulu traditional outfit and included an icon of a present and a bell. Babes Wodumo is also sporting a ring on her wedding finger.
Babes Wodumo Engaged
Babes Wodumo is in a relationship with Mampintsha. “I have a boyfriend, we have been together for quite a while, he is a well-known artist but I will not say his name,” she was quoted by the Sunday World. Since that Sunday World interview various media outlets have not only revealed that she is in a relationship with Mampintsha but that the pair is also engaged to be married.
Babes Wodumo Child – Babes Wodumo Pregnant
This information will be updated soon.
Bongekile Simelane Parents
She is the daughter of Bishop Welcome Simelane, the leader of the Lamontville Mount Zion Faith Mission.
Babes Wodumo Songs
- Buyisa uBabes Wodumo
- Ching Chong
- Thula Wazi
Babes Wodumo Interview
How did you get on the Black Panther soundtrack?
Babes Wodumo: Well, they [someone from Kendrick Lamar’s management team] emailed me. They said they need me for the Kendrick Lamar album. I was like, “No. This was a lie.” As the time went on, I was like, “Oh my word. Is this happening?”
Had you worked with Kendrick Lamar previously, or was this totally out of the blue?
Babes Wodumo: No. I haven’t. I was so surprised. I’m a girl from Africa. My genre is gqom music. They call me gqom queen. I was too shocked. Kendrick Lamar and me? Hip-hop and gqom?! What? I’m so happy. It’s such a privilege and an honor.
Working on a soundtrack, did you watch Black Panther in advance? Were you a fan of the character from comics?
Babes Wodumo: I didn’t know about the movie or anything. I didn’t know anything. They told me it was about Black Panther. Like, I didn’t know. On Thursday, I’m gonna view it. I was like, “Aye man. Why me?” I think it was favor from God. I think God chose me. Of all people in Africa, of all girls in Africa, he chose me. That makes me want to rejoice and want to say, “Thank you God” and praise him every day.”
How was the song recorded?
Babes Wodumo: They sent me the beat that day.
For those who may not be familiar with your music Stateside, when did you start recording?
Babes Wodumo: 2015. I was a dancer, actually. I used to dance for gqom artists. Everything happened quickly. People fell in love with Babes– with my music, with my dance. I’m so in love with what I do. I’m not doing it for money. I’m doing it because I love it. It’s my passion.
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How would you describe gqom for those that don’t know the genre?
Babes Wodumo: Gqom music is EDM from Africa. It’s raw. It’s a sound that you’ll never hear. It’s so fresh. It’s a youth genre. People here in Africa, they’ll tell you, “Ah! You know Babes Wodumo? The Gqom Queen.” I broke the sound. I broke everything. That’s why I’m so passionate. You’ll see. You’ll see what is gqom. If I come there, I’ll show you what is Babes Wodoma and what is gqom.
On that note, when can we hear more of you?
Babes Wodumo: I’m in the studio right now working on my second album, Gqom Queen Volume 2. I’ll travel a lot this year. I’m going overseas everywhere. It’s my wish to see Kendrick Lamar. You know, face-to-face. That is my dream. I haven’t seen him.
What will you say when you see him?
Babes Wodumo: Just see him. Hug him. You know, I need advice in everything from him. I just wanna ask him, “How do you do it? How do you do it?” As artists, we have a lot of challenges. You can’t speak to whoever. I just want to ask him, “How do you do it?”
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— Bongekile simelane (@BABESWODUMO) December 6, 2017
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