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5 Things We Are Expecting On Babes Wodumo’s Debut Album

We are looking at some 5 important things that are very much likely to be on Babes Wodumo’s debut album – Gqom Queen Vol 1



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.

Babes Wodumo Gqom Queen Vol 1

Triumphant: Babes Wodumo’s highly anticipated album is on the way. Photo:

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…

High Energy

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?

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Black Coffee Has Announced A Concert At The Dome

He’s thrilled massive crowds globally, and now Black Coffee is bringing his deep house sets to a concert at the Dome this December!



Black Coffee concert at the Dome

South Africa’s biggest house music DJ and Producer, Black Coffee, has announced a concert at the Dome this December!

Black Coffee concert at the Dome

The announcement comes just days after Coffee walked away with the Best Deep House DJ gong at the DJ Awards in Ibiza, Spain, where he is also currently completing a successful residence.


Entitled Music Is King, the show will be taking place at the TicketPro Dome on the 15th of December. And it because the show will be happening just a day before the Day of Reconciliation public holiday, you’ve got a bundle of partying joy lined up for you this festive.


Following the exciting announcement, #MusicIsKing trended all day on Twitter, with music fans and artists complimenting Black Coffee for bringing his globally celebrated deep house sets back into our shores.

Tickets are already available at WebTickets

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AKA’s Fela In Versace Video Premieres To Mixed Reviews



AKA Fela In Versace Music Video
Photo: Austin Malema via Instagram

AKA’s Fela In Versace music video was met with mixed reactions from fans when it premiered on Wednesday.

While die-hard fans are thrilled by the first motion picture from the Touch My Blood album, others are let down by the visual’s aesthetic, creative direction and technical quality.

The video arrived on Wednesday following a promotional drive that began last month, when the rapper first teased fans with lush looking behind the scene photos.

AKA Fela in Versace behind the scenes photos

Photo: Austin Malema via Instagram

Delighting his social media followers with glimpses of the video, AKA debuted his gold box fade as he showcased his outfit, which included a R25 000 Cornici Balletto print shirt.


Shot in Joburg. the music video centers on showcasing the skhothane subculture, which is defined by, amongst other things, the setting of expensive brands on fire. That happens here in between freeze frame edits that produce these cool body doubles of AKA.

Some fans have slammed the video – likening its “disappointing” quality to that of an amateur Powerpoint presentation, while some have drawn comparisons to rival, Cassper Nyovest’s Tito Mboweni video.

Others are vibing with AKA’s latest music video, complimenting SUPAMEGA for continuing his winning streak

What are your thoughts on it? Scrawl down to post a comment!



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Trompies, Sjava, Distruction Boyz and DBanj To Headline One Source Live




Iconic Kwaito group Trompies will be returning to the stage for the first time in aeons at the looming One Source Live shindig.

The maestros are billed to perform at the One Source Festival on Saturday 17th! Joining a line of up of the hottest acts covering a vast spectrum of genres, a list including Nigerian legend D’banj, our very own BET winner S’java, top selling Hip Hop lyricist Shane Eagle, as well Gqom innovators, Distruction Boyz.

The richly curated festival will be taking place downtown at No 1 Fox Street in the Jo’burg Inner City.

The One Source Live creative revolutionaries Khuli Chana, Sho Madjozi, Trevor Stuurman and Osborne Macharia will return to the festival with new installations and musical collaborations which will be announced later.

RELATED: The 2nd Bacardi Holiday Club Returns In March  

ONE SOURCE LIVE unfolds over multiple stages and platforms in a multimedia festival that celebrates African Creativity as a driver of positive change in the world:

The ABSOLUT ART BAR, the epicenter of the festival, is a curated art and performance space by day, transforming into the headline stage after dark.

The DISCOVERY STAGE has Sho Madjozi hosting a specially curated set of performances and live recordings of new collaborations with budding artists; building on her amazing material from the first festival.

Creativity goes back to its source in the STREET ART ZONE with art installations, food trucks, a street performance stage, fashion pop-ups, and street photographers.

The African Creative Revolution continues, join and celebrate the power of African creativity at ONE SOURCE LIVE.


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