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Babes Wodumo launches anti-drug campaign

2016-10-25 17:00
Babes Wodumo. (Photo: MAMAs 2016/Supplied)

Cape Town - Local singer, Babes Wodumo, recently came under fire with many claiming that her latest track, Mercedes, is linked to drugs. 

Speaking to The Juice her manger Victor Dlokolo explained, "There is nothing in the lyrics that say anything about drug use, the song is about Mercedes - the car brand. (You can read the full story here

Now, the record label, West Ink, has made an official statement:

"Firstly we would like to extend our sincere heartfelt apologies for the seeming confusion that has emerged following the release of our proposed follow up & highly sought after single for Babes Wodumo titled Mercedes which has since stirred a wave of controversy and opened up a debate regarding a dangerous substance of the same name which has become synonymous with the underground KZN community."

West Ink also announced that they will soon be launching and anti-drug campaign: 

"In the aftermath of this unfortunate series of events Babes Wodumo has decided to come up with a campaign that seeks to create and address awareness against drug use amongst South African youth. We will be sending you details of the campaign soon and we urge and pledge government as well as private stake holders to lend their support to our cause."

We'll keep you posted with further updates! 

You can read the full statement here

Greetings from the West Ink Office Firstly we would like to extend our sincere heartfelt apologies for the seeming confusion that has emerged following the release of our proposed follow up & highly sought after single for Babes Wodumo titled "Mercedes" which has since stirred a wave of controversy and opened up a debate regarding a dangerous substance of the same name which has become synonymous with the underground KZN community. It is very sad that Babes favorite car happens to share the same pseudonym as the dangerous drug but we would like to re affirm our truth to you all that the song has always been about a car, which is also the same dream car that her own father has always wanted to own but was never able to afford. The story of the song is thus a continuation of a young black girl who grew up in the ghetto and literally came from nothing to being what she is today and is just singing out her dreams in her songs. It is also a gravely unfortunate coincidence that we overlooked the possibility of the song being linked to the drug of the same name but we empathize with everyone who has been affected by this. In the aftermath of this unfortunate series of events Babes Wodumo has decided to come up with a campaign that seeks to create and address awareness against drug use amongst South African youth. We will be sending you details of the campaign soon and we urge and pledge government as well as private stake holders to lend their support to our cause. Thank you in advance for your continued support and co operation. Best Regards,

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-TheJuice