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Babes Wodumo
Bongekile Mildred Simelane

(1994-03-25) March 25, 1994 (age 30)
Durban, South Africa
Other names Gqom Queen Idando Kazi
Citizenship South Africa
  • Singer
  • Choreographer
  • Dancer
Years active 2016–present
(m. 2020; died 2022)
Children 1
  • Bishop Welcome Simelane (father)

Bongekile Mildred Simelane (born 25 March 1994) prominently known as Babes Wodumo, is a South African singer-songwriter and choreographer. She rose to fame following the release of her breakthrough single "Wololo" taken from her debut studio album Gqom Queen, Vol. 1 (2016).

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, Malumz Kole inclusive of music taste-maker and public relations liaison, Cherish Lala Mankai and Afrotainment record label owner DJ Tira. 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 with the hit single Elamont ft Mampintsha and skillz.

Life and career

1994-2013: Early childhood

Bongekile Mildred Simelane was born in March 25, 1994, Lamontville, Durban. Her father Welcome Simelane is a Bishop.

2014-2019: Career beginnings, breakthrough, Black Panther

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.

2020-present: Idando Kazi

On 24 July 2020, she released her second studio album Idando Kazi‘’under Sabusiswa Genius Ncube’s Management at West Ink Records, features Mampintsha, Skillz, T.N.S,Madanon,Worst Behavior and many others. The "eLamont" was released as the lead single of the album features Mampintsha and Skillz debuted at number 3 on South African iTunes charts.

Babes Wodumo got congratulations flood her timeline after announcing the huge win her debut album, Gqom Queen Vol 1 bagged.

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.

Personal life

Marriage and 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 (495). Her husband later passed away in December 2022, due to a stroke


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.


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, and 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, Her all time friend Madanon and Tipcee, among others.

List of studio albums
Title Album details Certification
Gqom Queen Vol.1 RiSA: Gold
Indando Kazi


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

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 Song Of The Year) Nominated
23rd South African Music Awards 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
Female Artist Of The Year Herself Nominated
MTV Africa Music Awards 2016 Song Of The Year 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
2017MTV EMA Herself Best African Act Nominated
All African Music Awards 2018 Herself Best Female Artiste in Southern Africa Nominated
South African Gqom Awards 2019 Ka Dazz Song Of The Year Nominated
Herself Best Female Won
Ka Dazz Best Music Video Nominated
Ka Dazz Best Music Video Director Nominated
27th South African Music Awards Idando Kazi Best Gqom Album Nominated
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