Babes Wodumo's biggest moments of 2016

2016-12-08 14:58


Babes Wodumo
Babes Wodumo (Photo: Gallo)

Johannesburg – She seemed to pop up out of nowhere, releasing her hit single Wololo, and with that certifying herself as a “national treasure.” 

Today we look back at Babes Wodumo’s biggest moments for 2016. 

1. Life before Babes 

Remember when we had no idea who Babes Wodumo was? Gasp! Back then we were trying to figure out what the heck a Wololo is, and now we can’t get enough of her. Even some of our other local stars were mesmerised with the singer.

2. Those engagement rumours 

Babes’ relationship with Big Nuz member Mampintsha has had people talking for a long time, with some even speculating that the pair are engaged. Speaking to The Juice, Babes' (then) manager, Victor Dlokolo, stated that, “Babes has been in a relationship for five years and is very happy but she is not engaged.” 

3. MAMA drama 

After performing her smash hit at the MAMAs in October, Babes was hit with negative comments from fans who were unsatisfied with her performance. Lucky for the singer, she had Pearl Thusi in her corner. Pearl stood up for Babes, saying, “Keep at it honey. Focus on what you love and don’t get distracted.” 

4. Babes launches an anti-drug campaign 

After the launch of her single, Mercedes, Babes was hit with another wave of controversy with fans claiming that the single was linked to a drug of the same name. The star’s team denied the accusations, and in the wake of the scandal launched a drug campaign urging government as well as private stake holders to lend their support.” 

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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5. First flight 

2016 was also the year that Babes Wodumo had her first flight. In a series of videos, Mampintsha shared Babes’ first time on a plane. It’s honestly the cutest thing we’ve seen. 

6. YouTube scandal 

The good news: Babes’s Wololo video garnered over 2 million views on YouTube. The bad news: just days after this achievement the video was removed from the site due to a copyright claim. The claim came from Mausay Media, after their artist, Wyzl, released a track called Wololo in December 2015. "The copyright claim is against the title,” Cobus Burger, MD at Mausay Media told The Juice. No need to worry though, the video, which now has over 3 million views, is back. 

7. Wololo choir

How big is Wololo, you ask? Well, the song is so major that a church group recently felt the need to rework it and turn it into a gospel tune. Check it out below. 

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After a massive year of highs and lows, Babes revealed on Wednesday that her album has finally hit shelves!