She started out saying that she has absolutely no idea when her first album would be seeing the light of day.
But following the success of her singles Wololo and Mercedes, Babes Wodumo has been left with no choice but to liberate a full body full body of work faster than most South African newcomers can attempt.
And just months after telling fans that she will be focusing on releasing singles until such time she has garnered herself a stable following to release an album so soon after smashing into the scene, the Durbanite songstress has heeded to the growing call for her to drop a full album, thanks to her unprecedented commercial success.
After all, her first ever single Wololo is undoubtedly the biggest hit of 2016 in South Africa, having tallied over 2.5 million views in less than two months.
So what should we expect on her highly anticipated debut album Gqom Queen Vol 1?
A Cassper Nyovest Collabo?
Babes and Cassper premiered a joint at his Orlando Stadium Concert recently. But while it’s very likely that the song will be featured on Cassper’s upcoming third album, there’s no reason it would not appear on Gqom Queen Vol 1 as well. And even if that is not the case, the two have long expressed interest in executing solid collaborative effort. Don’t say we didn’t tell you.
A Gospel Song
Also known by the government as Bongekile Simale, the singer’s father is a preacher. The Wololo hitmaker has said that she grew up in a religious household, and discovered her interest in music through singing gospel songs earlier in her life. In one clip posted on her Instagram page, Babes is belting, and quite impressively, a gospel song by Ncandweni Christ Ambassadors. Look out for a gospel song or two.
Gqom, Gqom, Gqom!
Well, of course! In an interview with V-Entertainment earlier this year, Babes mentioned that she sees herself as the first lady of the Gqom music genre. There’s no other female artist who is currently going for this popular Durban sound, and as such her album will be the first one Gqom themed album by a female artist. Also, the name of the album pretty much gives that away…
Being primarily a Gqom album, it follows that most songs on the album are likely to be up tempo club bangers. At this point of her career, the 23 year old Durbanite is focussing on solidifying her unique style of high energy live perfomances and commercially successful hits. We’ve mentioned above that there’s a big chance some gospel will be available in the CD, but unless she wants to strip it down, even that might be quite fast. Big Nuz, with whom she is affiliated, have long been doing gospel songs infused with their kwaito sound.
The lovebirds, who are rumoured to be engaged despite denying that several times, are music’s newest power couple. Babes first shot to fame when she appeared on Big Nuz’s hit Tsege Tsege last year. Likewise, Mampintsha has appeared on her first two big hits. They perform together. We are expecting a lot of him on this album.
Are you looking forward to Gqom Queen Vol 1?