Babes Wodumo is a South African musician, actress, host and dancer. She is known for her hit song, Wololo which pioneered the Gqom genre, in 2016.
Babes Wodumo Biography
Babes Wodumo who real name Bongekile Mildred Simelane (born July 26, 1994), is a South African gqom artist and choreographer. She rose to fame following the release of her breakthrough song “Wololo”, in 2016. The song later appeared on her debut studio album, Gqom Queen, released in late 2016.
Babes Wodumo Age
She was born on the 26th of July 1994 in Lamontville, Chatsworth, South Africa. She is 26 years old as of 2021
Babes Wodumo Parents
Bongekile was born to Welcome and Thokozile Simelane. Her father is Bishop Welcome Simelane, who heads the Lamontville Mount Zion Faith Mission. She has a sister named Nonduh Simelane.
Her father and her mother were not in support of her way of life and wanted her to pursue a career in Social Work.
Babes Wodumo Career
Babes Wodumo is a part of the music connoisseurs who were pivotal in influencing the genre’s international acclaim included the likes of South African rapper Okmalumkoolkat, Italian record label Gqom Oh owner, Malumqawz Kole inclusive of music taste-makeraand public relations liaison, Cherish Lala Mankai and Afrotainment record label owner DJ Tira.
She released her first song titled “Desha” produced by Sir Bubzin, In 2014. After she signed a record deal with West Ink, her breakthrough hit single “Wololo” featuring Mampintsha was released in December 2015 in South Africa. The song earned her nomination for Best Breakthrough Artist and Song of the Year at MTV Africa Music Awards.
Her debut studio album Gqom Queen Vol. 1 blended with Gqom was released. The album proceeded with three singles “Wololo”, “Umgan Wami” and “Mercedes”. Upon its release the song surpassed 28 million streams and debuted at number 3 on iTunes charts. The album was certified platinum (RiSA) for South Africa sales 30 0000.
Her album created her the opportunity to feature on the Black Panther album by Kendrick Lamar. She appeared on Black Panther: The Album on a song called “Redemption”. In 2017, Wodumo was nominated for the BET Award for Best International Act: Africa. In July 2020, she released her second album Idando Kazi.
The singer alongside her lover, Mampintsha, who is West Ink record label boss, announced the exciting news on social media.
At 27th South African Music Awards Idando Kazi received a nominations. In 2021 she and his husband launched their reality show Uthando Lodumo which airs on Showmax.
Babes Wodumo Husband, Children
Babes Wodumo married Mandla Maphumulo in 2020. In 2021 they had their first child, even though Babes’ parents didn’t know. They have a reality show, “uthando lodumo,” which premiered on Showmax channel.
Babes Wodumo Net Worth
Babes Wodumo has an estimated Net Worth of $1 million. She is a famous Pop Singer.