Zodwa Wabantu Biography
Zodwa Wabantu whose real name is Zodwa Rebecca Libram is a controversial South African socialite, and dancer. She used to work for a debt collection company but later resigned to indulge in the entertainment industry.
Zodwa Wabantu the Dancer
Zodwa became popular for her dance moves at Durban’s Eyadini Lounge and has since climbed the entertainment ladder. She and her friends used to visit the Rock Club in Soweto and she became famous for her dance moves.
Zodwa is a dancer whose craft in dancing has seen her become one of the most popular and renowned dancers. She works and dances for numerous celebrities, although her closest ties are with Durbanite DJ Tira.
Zodwa Wabantu Age
Zodwa was born on October 30th, 1985 in Soweto, South Africa. She is 33 years old as of 2018.
Zodwa Wabantu Family
Zodwa was orphaned when she was only 9 years old and she is a mother to one son, Vuyo, born in 2006, who stays with her family in Soweto. The entertainer says she was raised by her grandmother and aunt after her mother died when she was 11 years old. She has never known who her father is and when she left home she had nothing but her ability to live through favors from strangers.
“My mom passed away when I was 11. That is the reason I left home when I was 16. Life was changing and it wasn’t easy. I had to fight for food and I could see then that that isn’t the way life should be. I was asked why I was eating when my cousin’s weren’t. So I had no choice but to move. I knew I needed to hustle.”
She once dated Khanyi Mbau’s ex Mandla Mthembau.
Zodwa Wabantu Dress
On 1st July at the Vodacom Durban July party held at Greyville Racecourse Zodwa wore a black figure-hugging dress that had a high slit that left people speechless.The internet went a buzz about the dress since she was pantless and speaking to Sowetan she said she wanted to proudly own the fact that she doesn’t wear any underwear – and to flaunt her cellulite with pride.
“The inspiration behind it is that I wanted to be sexy and bold,” Zodwa explained. “I wanted to show I don’t really wear a panty. In the photos my cellulite is clearly visible, I wanted to show women we don’t have to hide what we are.”
According to the ‘Daily Sun’ she defended herself and said that she is a role model to a lot of people and claimed that the negative comments would not break her.
“People said I was a prostitute and compared my thighs to those of a chicken. But I won’t be brought down by these comments”
“I am a role model for a lot of people. People are able to face their challenges because of the example I set,”
Wabantu, reputably the most popular and renowned dancers in SA added that behind the dress and her dancing craft was a woman with brains and she had in fact landed a branding deal with an energy drink company.
Zodwa Wabantu Charging Fee
Zodwa charges R35 000 per booking for an appearance which mainly involves her dancing.
Things you might not know about Zodwa Wabantu
- Zodwa Wabantu is a dancer: Dancing is Zodwa Wabantu’s claim to fame and her craft has seen her become one of the most popular and renowned dancers in the country.
- Zodwa Wabantu is well-known in celebrity circles: Zodwa works and dances for numerous celebrities, although her closest ties are with Durbanite DJ Tira.
- Zodwa Wabantu is never shy about going nude: It’s clear that Sis-Zodwa is not shy about her body. Perhaps she will give Skolopad a run for her money?
- Zodwa Wabantu is a proud twerker: With moves like these, she could definitely take on some of the biggest twerkers in the country.
- Zodwa Wabantu has international connections: Zodwa recently captured herself at the BBC Radio 1 xtra offices but she wouldn’t say who she was accompanying. One thing is certain, she has an extremely strong network.
- She’s a Manchester United fan: While she was in the UK, she paid a visit to the city of Manchester where she captured a picture of herself outside Old Trafford.
- She doesn’t quite get along with Khanyi Mbau: Zodwa may have many celebrity friends, but one of them is not Khanyi Mbau. This comes after it was revealed that Zodwa had a thing with Khanyi’s ex-boyfriend.
- She’s a staunch feminist: While everyone was calling her dress ‘sleazy’ or slamming her for showing too much skin, Zodwa Wabantu dedicated her controversial outfit to women everywhere.
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Published: 3 SEPTEMBER 2018
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LOCAL ENTERTAINER ZODWA WABANTU HAS SQUASHED RUMOURS THAT SHE GOT HITCHED TO HER “BEN 10” BOYFRIEND.
This comes after the Sunday Sun reported that Wabantu was rushing to get married because of people asking questions about her younger boyfriend.
Speaking to TsishaLIVE, the dancer claims her words were “twisted” when she saw the article she was “shooketh”.
“I was asked about the ring that I was wearing and I clearly explained that it was for a photoshoot. I was shooketh when I saw the article”.
Wabantu also added that she is in no rush to get married and when she does decide to tie the knot it will be on her own terms.
“I won’t get married because my bum is getting old. I’m not under pressure at all. I do what I wanna do 24\7. I will get married when I want to and I’m not scared of getting married.”
“I won’t get married for society or to prove a point to anyone. I live once and this is my life.”
The real reasons Wabantu Zodwa takes off her panties
Zodwa Wabantu, the self-proclaimed and “misunderstood” queen of Gqom, spoke to The Citizen last week about her career as a dancer and entertainer.
Despite the many derogatory names some have for her due to her skimpy outfits and dancing without underwear, Zodwa says what she does outside her house is her job – her way of putting food on the table and sending her son to the best schools.
“Before people got to know Zodwa, I was a debt collector. I’ve also worked as a bar lady and, yes, I’ve always loved going out and partying and obviously drinking alcohol because I couldn’t keep a man or even try to keep a man,” Zodwa said, indicating that this was her way.
The entertainer, who recently rose to fame through dancing without underwear, taking her panties off on stage and wearing next to nothing in public appearances, says she is glad to finally be making decent money.
Zodwa says growing up poor prevented her from thinking about her dreams or where she would like to be in life. All that she could comprehend was her need to survive.
“There was so much poverty while growing up. I was struggling daily about how to survive. I didn’t have time to look after my dreams, or think about what I wanted to be. It wasn’t a comfortable situation.”
The dancer says losing her mother at the tender age of 11 forced her to develop a thick skin.
“I had to grow a will and need to survive. That is why I’m sitting here today.”
She says people have always been a bit too judgmental towards her, even before the fame.
“I’ve always been different,” she says.
“This is not about fame or me dancing. If I was forcing what I do, I wouldn’t be famous. It’s hard to break into the industry, more especially if you are not a singer or an actor.
“However, now I’m hanging out with legends. I greet the Black Coffees and your Oskidos and your Tiras. So, do you think you are better than me? We know you sleep with grandpa and Johnnie Walker Black. You are miserable. At least I’m an entertainer. I get paid for what I do.
“Imagine if you try to stop me from doing my job. That means I would have no income and would have to come to those suburbs and have your husbands take care of me,” she says, urging naysayers to let her be and do what she needs to do to make a living.
“I’m a socialite; an actor. Let me make my money being an entertainer.”
Zodwa says that, irrespective of the negativity, she loves everything about what she does.
“I make some people angry, and I make others happy, so most don’t know what to do with me, but they continue supporting and following me. They say they want Zodwa Wabantu in all event posters.
“I know I’m delivering my message in a different manner and it comes from someone who doesn’t have matric; a person who always thinks I force my face and say,‘Guys look at me and recognise me; no.”
Zodwa says staying true to herself got her where she is today, and she won’t change that.
“People will always talk.
“At least I don’t bother anyone. I work for my money, unlike the women that hang out in clubs and wear revealing clothes, unlike a message from those so-called educated women, those who feel they are better than me, but the message is the same. It’s just that we are given different platforms,” she says.
Zodwa explains she is trying to tell women that no matter your size or shape, you can wear whatever you wish, when you want, and be comfortable in your own body.
“Whether you say I’m a bad influence and question how people can look up to me, I still stand for those who are really underground, vulnerable, in shacks and squatter camps; those who are deep in the townships and struggling. I’m not lost. I carry so many women behind me. I know I’m different, but let’s not fight one another,” she pleads.
Zodwa WaBantu – People said I was a prostitute…
She may not be a singer, an actress or television personality but Zodwa WaBantu is one of the most popular people in Durban and also on social media. Zodwa first became a sensation when pictures and videos of her dancing at Eyadini Lounge in Durban circled social media and she became an overnight ‘star’.
Zodwa says that despite having become popular there was a time when people pocked fun at her and how she dressed, particulary at how she was dressed last week at the Durban July.
“People said I was a prostitute and compared my thighs to those of a chicken. But I won’t be brought down by these comments,” Zodwa recently told Daily Sun.
Zodwa says she is currently in talks with an energy drink company to become their brand ambassador and she considers herself a role model.
“I am a role model for a lot of people. People are able to face their challenges because of the example I set,” Zodwa says.
Zodwa Wabantu – I don’t feel sexy in panties!
Zodwa, popularly known as Zodwa Wabantu, has become one of the main attractions at Eyadini Lounge in Umlazi where she is seen on Sundays in a body-hugging dress without underwear and a Savanna in her hand.
When the right song comes on, patrons watch in admiration as she shows off her sexy dance moves.
Zodwa was raised in Soweto and used to work as a bartender at The Rock club before she moved to KZN three years ago.
She told Daily Sun: “I stand out by just being myself. I have no weave or make-up. I depend on no man and I don’t sleep with men for money. Confidence makes a woman attractive.”
Zodwa, whose videos and pictures have been causing a stir on social media, has been praised by many for ignoring what others think. But some have bashed her for her dancing and not wearing panties.
“Underwear makes me uncomfortable. I don’t feel sexy when I’m wearing panties. It’s a preference. And people should deal with it.”
Zodwa Wabantu Boyfriend
Zodwa previously made headlines for having an affair with Khanyi Mbau’s former husband, Mandla Mthembu. She was even mentioned in Mbau’s biography, B***h please! I’m Khanyi Mbau.
“I didn’t even know who Mandla was but he was attracted to me,” she said.
Zodwa added she owned flats, which she rented out to students.
“I use my own money. I buy my own booze. I don’t go around sleeping with men.”
Being Zodwa Wabantu
Near-naked provocateur Zodwa Wabantu has captured the world’s attention ever since her revealing dress she wore at the socialite event of the year, the Durban July which made her an overnight sensation. ROBERT MUKONDWA, made the trek to Bulawayo to meet the socialite and get a glimpse into her lifestyle.
When word got round that Bulawayo’s Club Connect would be hosting Zodwa Rebecca Liam popularly known as Zodwa Wabantu, little did the proprietor Biggie Chinoperekweyi know that he had attracted attention across the nation.
Many packed their bags from as far as Harare to see the socialite sensation who in all essence is famous for being famous!
At the Durban July this year, in a skimpy outfit, Zodwa Wabantu had captured South Africa and the world’s attention by dressing in a revealing outfit and no underwear, in scenes that went viral around the world. In no time at all, having Zodwa just grace your event meant she would walk away with at least 25 000 rands no less!
And so it happened that on a very chilly July morning the socialite touched down at the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo international Airport in Bulawayo to grace an event at the premier Club Connect and do what she knows best; be famous!
Welcomed by the notorious Altezza Crew that had travelled at speeds of up to 180 kilometres per hour with this reporter, adrenaline was soaring and Zodwa, with her skimpy outfits, was set to cause a rush of blood to the head . . . any head imaginable on the human body!
Zodwa Wabantu did not disappoint.
While the gods were sending cold spittle onto the earth one would have thought Zodwa would finally wear underwear and something warm. But any bookmaker who bet on that certainly lost on the day. Not even the cold could get her to wrap herself in warmth as she emerged with a lace black number little more than a belt’s size that revealed her caramel coloured canvas of skin spread out like a buttery veneer.
Why does she not wear under, I quizzed her when we finally got a one-on-one.
“It does not make me comfortable,” was her sure-shot answer.
“I am me. A woman and I know who I am. I do not need to have underwear or other people to define me. I am comfortable without underwear and that is the way I will stay,” she boldly declared without thinking twice.
Zodwa Wabantu went on to challenge me to go at least a week without wearing the same. I obliged; and failed.
But perhaps the most unnerving is how tens of men made the journey from all around the country to go and see her over that weekend.
“She is a phenomenon and we all want to get to see someone who turns heads like that. She has a sort of allure that men want and look for,” said one of the men who travelled to Bulawayo to see Zodwa in the flesh as it were.
“She doesn’t wear makeup and sometimes we want that in a person. A real person with reality we can see,” he added.
And carnally hungry eyes licked her skin everywhere she went as she caused traffic jams and moist eyes whilst mixing and mingling with the crowds in Bulawayo’s central business district while the Altezza crew sent their car horns crazy.
“The beauty of Zodwa is that she does not show us everything and kind of teases us men. Men like to be teased and that is why I am here. To see her toy with people’s emotions,” said Alfred who was coy about giving out his second name. My wife thinks I have gone for a work convention,” he confided in me much like a devout Catholic may confide to his priest in confessional.
There was something that her outfit said to people who looked at her as Alfred said. Something that did indeed toy with people’s emotions. Something that said ‘look but don’t touch, touch but don’t taste, taste but don’t swallow. Something like the forbidden fruit in the centre of the Garden of Eden.
“This is immoral,” said a lone voice in the wilderness. But that voice was the exception not the rule. The rest of the people were terribly happy to meet and touch Zodwa. Touch her in a dignified way however.
Zodwa Wabantu took selfies with adoring masses. Mothers, sisters, brothers, friends and little boys. All who could see through her lace to her rather intimate geo-locations. She didn’t mind.
She also didn’t mind that people say she looks like Gringo-Lazarus Boora, a man. He was there to welcome her. They were separated at birth, claim malicious people who see them. Yet she embraces him and smiles and says she gets that a lot; being told she looks like a man!
“I am a person who comes from the people. I am owned by the people. I am not a show-offer. That is why I am called Zodwa Wabantu. Zodwa, owned by the people,’ she later said.
And yet of course she shows of some things to be honest.
And in the evening at the event she crawled into a few bits of fabric and attended the event at Club Connect. It was epic how people turned out just for her. The lady with fabric on her body.
Club Connect was packed to the rafters. Then they actually had to build new rafters and it became packed to those too! All for the socialite who does nothing but feed visual carnal desires. And after speaking to the crowd, revealing herself and blowing a few kisses to the people after a mock dance, her event and her ‘act’ was done and that was money in the bank. Just like that!
“Next I want to come to Harare,” she boldly declared after giving me a hug at the end of the interview; I could smell that realness-the cinnamon scent on her skin with no Givenchy scent and the velvety canvas that covers her as skin. Either I give such good hugs she wanted to follow me to Harare. That, or the simple fact that when she comes to Harare she has to be paid another 25 000 rands to ‘appear’. And who wouldn’t want to come to Harare when they are paid that much?
In fact, who would decline a visit to war torn Afghanistan if they are to be paid such an amount to appear?
Zodwa Wabantu broke the bank and revealed a new trend. That without make up and with little more than a metre of fabric, you can become a big celebrity no less. And now for Zodwa Wabantu, Harare awaits.
“It was overwhelming the response we got,” says Biggie, “we shall certainly do it again!”
Adopted from The Herald