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Babes Wodumo recently left fans in disbelief with the way she was dressed.

Born March 25th, 1994, Bongekile Simelane popularly known by her stage name Babes Wodumo, is an award winning singer, songwriter and dancer, under the Gqom genre in South Africa.

Babes Wodumo rose to fame after her single “Wololo” became a major hit in the music scene. She also went further to gain more recognition as it got featured on Black Panther’s soundtrack, on a song titled “Redemption”.

Babes Wodumo since her debut, has collaborated with a lot of top artist in the SA music scene and has also shared the same stage with top International artists.

Family & Beginning

Babes Wodumo is originally from KwaZulu-Natal. She is born to Welcome Simelane who is a bishop at the Lamontville Mount Zion Faith Mission.

 Although nothing is mentioned about her mother, but she has a known sister.

Babes Wodumo as a child, always excelled in things she focused her mind on, she delved into dancing, athletics, acting and soccer. This activities got her the name Wodumo.


Babes Wodumo’s first name “Babes” was given by her father, as he thought her eyes looked like that of “The Babes” group member.


Information not available at the time of writing this article.

Musical Milestone

Babes Wodumo got her major breakthrough after she released her critical acclaimed “Wololo” single. The song did so well, it cut across the globe. 

She entered the entertainment scene as a dancer and later realized she could sing. Babes has been in the industry for over five years now and has done immensely well for herself.

Babes Wodumo’s first ever recorded song was the single “Desha” which was produced by Sir Bubzin. The song didn’t really gain much popularity as her “Wololo” single did at that time.

 The singer and rapper has since her breakthrough taken over the industry by storm, establishing her own dance academy with the name “West Ink Dance Academy”. She has also released other top notch songs.

Babes Wodumo’s Albums

Babes Wodumo since her debut into the industry has released 1 studio album tagged “Gqom Queen Vol.1” which was released in 2016 and she is gearing up for another album release. 

According to her label owner and boyfriend Mampintsha, we should expect an album release for May 2020.

Babes Wodumo has performed at a lot of local and International shows. She has made several TV appearances, Club appearances. She has also performed at top events and festivals in South Africa.

Babes Wodumo’s Relationship

Babes Wodumo is in a relationship with Celebrity producer, Maphinsta, although the relationship was marred by domestic abuse in 2019, but the two still seem to be working on it, still remaining a couple.

Awards and Nominations

Babes Wodumo has gotten herself various awards and nominations since her debut, among these are;

Best International Act: Africa at the BET Awards 2017 (Nominated)

Best Female Artist at the 16th Metro FM Music Awards in 2017.


Best Kwaito Album at the 23rd South African Music Awards in 2017 (Nominated)

Best Female Artist of the year at the 23rd South African Music Awards in 2017 (Nominated)

NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation – Black Panther in 2019 


Song of the Year at the 16th Metro FM Music Awards in 2017 (Nominated)

Best International act at MTV EMA in 2017 (Nominated)

Babes Wodumo has been highly recognized as a talented artist over the cause of her career.

Babes Wodumo’s Net Worth

Babes Wodumo’s net worth is estimated at 500 thousand dollars. This is calculated from payments for show performances, album sales, money made from her Youtube views, endorsement deals, Properties and investments owned by her, the artiste is doing well for herself financially and is one of the top artistes in South Africa to reckon with. 

She is a beautiful woman who has inspired so many young people in Mzansi . You can also find her on your social media platforms such as Instagram and on her latest post she shared with fans pictures of her which left many in disbelief on what she was wearing. 

We can all learn something from her and I believe you enjoyed reading about her please like , share and kindly leave comments .

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