REVIEW: Should You Grab Babes Wodumo’s ‘Gqom Queen Vol 1’?

When we recently listed 5 Things  We Are Expecting From Babes Wodumo’s Debut Album – Gqom Queen Vol 1, we were merely putting one and one together.

Yet as expected, everything we mentioned actually turned out to be true!

Babes Wodumo has finally released her highly anticipated debut album – Gqom Queen Vol 1. And while the whole ‘Vol’ thing is so nineties, very little about this album is what you’ve heard before.

Babes Wodumo Gqom Queen Vol 1

Quite the opposite – the Durbanite has fully embraced her throne as the Queen of Gqom sound as she is the first female artist to take on the emerging house music sub genre.


And as we predicted, yes, there is a collaboration with Cassper Nyovest. Yes, there is a gospel themed song (Thula Wazi). Yes, there is a lot of Mampintsha throughout the record.

For some, the album could have used a little less Mampintsha. While we love him to bits, a solo album is kind of suppose to be led by the solo artist.

Babes Wodumo Gqom Queen Vol 1

Following the commercial success of her first two singles Wololo and Mercedes, Babes Wodumo solidifies her up tempo sound in the whole album. Gqom Queen Vol 1 opens with a remix of Amatsegetsege, an original from which we first heard Babes. The upbeat joint sets the mood for the rest of the album. It’s fun, simple and celebratory.

The coherent Qgom instrumentation and melodic hooks suggest that she is very well aware of the sound she plans to build a solid repertoire of club bangers from. She’s here to make people dance and see every festive season through.

But while lovers of the sound will enjoy the repetitive chord progressions and thumping drums that have propelled her to instant superstardom, those who seek some variety will find the album too fast. All the time.

The best songs in the album are also smash hits waiting to happen. Family featuring Cassper Nyovest and Mampintsha premiered to rave reviews at Orlando Stadium, and the rest of the masses are yet to discover the addictive jam.

There is also Thobeka, another potential dance floor filler with higher fan ratings than the lead single on iTunes – where the album has hit #1.

Other tracks you might like are Ngangingekho, which she has performed on some of her live shows.


  1. Amatsegetsege
  2. Nkabinde
  3. Umngani Wami
  4. Wololo
  5. Uyang’phazamisa
  6. Mercedes
  7. Thobeka
  8. Wololo Remix (ft. Dbanj)
  9. Wololo (ft Cassper Nyovest & Mampintsha)
  10. Ngangingekho
  11. Intombi Yesgebengu
  12. Kuthi Angikhumule
  13. Thula Wazi
  14. Buyisa uBabes Wodumo
  15. Ching Chong

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