Babes Wodumo
Bongekile Simelane

(1994-03-25) March 25, 1994 (age 26)
Other namesGqom Queen
  • Singer
  • Choreographer
  • Dancer
Years active2016–present
  • Welcome Simelane (father)

Bongekile Simelane (born March 25, 1994), better known as Babes Wodumo is a South African gqom artist and choreographer.[1] 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.[2] She appeared on Black Panther: The Album on a song called "Redemption".[2] In 2017, Wodumo was nominated for the BET Award for Best International Act: Africa.[3] In July 2020, she released her second album Idando Kazi.[4]

Life and career

1994-2013: Early childhood

Bongekile Simelane was born on March 25, 1994, Lamontville, Chatsworth.

2014-2020: Career beginnings

She released her first song titled "Desha" produced by Sir Bubzin, In 2014.

2017: Black Panther

Her album created her the opportunity to feature on the “Black Panther album” by Kendrick Lamar.

Personal life

Domestic violence case

On 3 March 2019, reports surfaced that Wodumo's boyfriend and manager Mandla "Mampintsha" Maphumulo had physically assaulted her. Wodumo broadcast the incident on Instagram Live. Mampintsha was arrested on suspicion of assault.[5] Even though the relationship between the two had appeared to be over, both parties agreed to counselling and reconciled and are on good terms, with Mampintsha appearing on her second album Idando Kazi.[4]

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In 2017, Wodumo was the most nominated artist at the 23rd South African Music Awards, however she did not win any award and this led to an altercation after the singer accused the personnel from the SAMA 23 of buying awards.[citation needed]


Studio albums

In 2016, Babes released her breakthrough album where she featured Mampintsha in all the songs on the project. The album also features Nigerian superstar D'banj, Madanon, Cassper Nyovest, DJ Sox, Sparks Wabantwana, Scoop, Kholwane, Khuzani, Danger & DJ Tira

In July 2020, she released her second project, titled Indando Kazi, where she featured mostly Mampintsha on 10 out of the 13 tracks. Other artists include RockBoy, Cultivated Soulz & Sizwe Mdlalose, Rhythm Soundz, Dladla Mshunqisi, and Tipcee, among others.

List of studio albums
Title Album details
Gqom Queen Vol.1[6]
Indando Kazi[4]


Artist Featuring Title
Babes Wodumo featuring Mampintsha and Sklliz eLamont
Babes Wodumo featuring Mampintsha, TNS and Skillz Abadala
Babes Wodumo featuring Rhythm Soundz, Dladla Mshunqisi and Tipcee Angeke
Babes Wodumo featuring Mampintsha and Worst Behavior Corona
Babes Wodumo featuring Mampintsha and Drega Dankie Jack
Babes Wodumo featuring Mampintsha, Madanon and Drega Intombi Yesgebengu
Babes Wodumo featuring Mampintsha, RockBoy, Cultivated Soulz and Sizwe Mdlalose Izitha
Babes Wodumo feat. Native Life, Madanon and Mampintsha Levels
Babes Wodumo featuring Drega and Sizwe Mdlalos MaTen Ten
Babes Wodumo featuring RockBoy, Madanon and Benzy Umzimba
Babes Wodumo featuring RockBoy, Madanon and Benzy Umzimba
Babes Wodumo featuring RockBoy, Madanon and Benzy Umzimba
Babes Wodumo featuring Newlandz Finest Ungangyeki
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Awards and nominations

Year Nominee / work Award Result
16th Metro FM Music Awards Gqom Queen Vol.1 Best Dance Album Nominated
Gqom Queen Vol.1 Best Female Album Nominated
Wololo (feat. Mampintsha & Distruction Boyz ) Nominated
Herself Newcomer Of The Year Nominated
Female Artist Of The Year Herself Nominated
Wololo (feat. Mampintsha & Distruction Boyz) Record Of The Year Nominated
Gqom Queen Vol.1 Album of the Year Nominated
Herself Nominated
MTV Africa Music Awards 2016 Wololo (feat. Mampintsha and Distruction Boyz) Nominated
BET Awards 2017 Herself Best International Act: Africa Nominated
Dance Music Awards 2017 Gqom Queen Vol.1 Best Dance Female Artist Won
Herself Best African Act Nominated
Herself Best Female Artiste in Southern Africa Nominated
Ka Dazz Song Of The Year Nominated
Herself Best Female Won
Ka Dazz Best Music Video Nominated
Ka Dazz Best Music Video Director Nominated


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