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Babes Wodumo’s Comeback To Shake The Summer of 2020

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Babes Wodumo is exactly the girl we know she is.

Having appeared on our list of South Africa’s Best Live Performers for the past decade, the Durban native sure made one of the most impressive footprints in her debut in 2015.

While her popularity suffered a gradual decline over the years, the Gqom Queen is getting ready to own the looming summer.

A clip has leaked giving fans a glimpse into the filming of her new song. Back to the blockbuster Gqom beat and hella catchy hooks that propelled her to instant success when Wololo first landed and became a street anthem in 2015, the new song looks to be a potential comeback for Babes.

“Are we witnessing the second coming of Babes?”, one fan tweeted, asking what everyone else was thinking.

Word is the song, yet to have a title, is slated for release sometime in July 2020.

Babes Wodumo shot to fame in 2015 when her debut single, Wololo, became one of the biggest songs during that year.

A year later, she further capitalised on the buzz with the premiere of her first studio album, Gqom Queen Vol 1. The 13-track project packed back to back deliveries of uptempo Ggom bangers that helped the genre to mainstream reception.

And with her instant celebrity, interest in the intimate details of her personal life were soon splashed all over the media. To the shock of locals, allegations of domestic violence surfaced as a video of her boyfriend Mampintsha assaulting her surfaced.

Cases were opened and dropped. Performances were missed. Twitter accounts were hacked and things that further plunged her brand were posted. And over the past three years, lots more happened that quelled the blaze of her stardom.

But with the upcoming single, and the excitement around it, we could be experiencing a fresh start and a return to the throne for Babes.

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The MTV Africa Music Awards are Back!

The MAMAs to be held in Kampala, Uganda

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Babes Wodumo and Mampintsha attend the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards

The MAMAs are set to make a return next year.

The African installment of the MTV Awards last took place at in 2016, with Bonang Matheba co-piloting the show with Nomzamo Mbatha. After four years off, MTV announced that the show will be hosted at Ugandan capital Kampala.

The shindig will be taking place on February 20th, in 2021. As with most award shows happening during the pandemic, the MAMAs will this time around deliver the first-ever live-streamed virtual show.

This will also mark the first time the event will be hosted in the city, as previous ones have all taken place mostly in South Africa, and once in Nairobi, Kenya. Known as ‘the pearl of Africa’, Kampala couldn’t be more perfect to host the show.

Monde Twala, the senior vice president of ViacomCBS Networks Africa, sang the city’s praises.

“Everyone knows that the Pearl of Africa (Uganda) is one of the most beautiful, most amazing parts of Africa…and the people, the vibe, the music in Uganda…there is no other place that is well and ready to host the MAMAs in 2021,” he gushed.

The return of the MAMAs marks a stunning day for music and pop culture in Africa. With the Channel O Music Awards and the MAMAs awol for a big chunk of time in the latter part of the previous decade, there was no major, mainstream show that honoured the best of the continent’s performers at a scale accessible to the entire continent.

Nominations have yet to be announced, but we will be keeping you posted.

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Elaine in Studio with Kaytranada

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Elaine has triumphed through 2020, and it looks like the R&B songstress has no plans to cool down the momentum.

The ‘You’re The One’ hitmaker, whose breakout single and EP garnered her so much favour that she achieved one of the biggest digital sales and streams of the year, is in Los Angeles working on new music.

And now she’s signed to Columbia Records, she’s already crafting her path to global superstardom. Elaine trended on Wednesday after glimpses of her studio session with top Canadian producer, Kaytranada, hit the internet.

Although Elaine has yet to dish out the details of the music she’s working on, its likely that she’s following the success of her Elements EP with a debut studio album.

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From SAMAs to Grammys, Trevor Noah Touches New Glory

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From hosting the SAMAs to hosting the Grammys within a space of ten years – Trevor Noah’s ascension through the ranks of pop culture has been amazing to witness. Although he pulled out from the MTV Africa Music Awards back in 2016, he’s got quite the impressive resume for these things.

The Recording Academy announced on Tuesday that Noah will be piloting its 2021 show, which is slated to take place on January 31st, 2020.

And of course, he couldn’t be more thrilled!

“In a year that most human beings would love to forget, there has been one constant force that has brought us together – Music”, Trevor wrote in an Instagram post following the announcement. Adding, “I’m truly honoured to be hosting The Grammys, a night celebrating all of our favourite artists who’ve helped keep us sane while we’re all stuck indoors.”

The Daily Show host’s debut as a Grammy host will find him having to get really creative. The show will likely look remarkably different from previous ones.

The COVID19 protocols for minimising contact and preventing the spread have led to award shows proceeding with no audiences, pre-recorded performances and splashes of virtual appearances.

Last week, many saw how award shows have had to really switch things up as Taraji P Henson piloted the American Music Awards through no less than 12 outfit changes. Here at home, the Royalty Soapie Awards delivered their 4th annual show as a virtual experience.

At the 63rd annual shindig, all eyes and ears will be focused on Trevor, who we know will definitely knock it out the park. He’s not new to this!

3,5 million people tuned in to watch him holding down the SAMAs back in 2009, a gig for which he received much applause.

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