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5 Bombshells from the Babes Wodumo & Mac G Interview

What many didn’t know.

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Babes Wodumo recently sat down with MacG on his popular YouTube podcast. The candid conversation, which runs for one hour and nearly 20 minutes, covers everything from the sweet highs of the Gqom Queen’s career, to the blows that led her to retreat from the public eye for years.

Babes shot to fame almost instantly back in 2015 with the arrival of her blockbuster hit ‘Wololo’. She followed the single’s massive international success with her debut album Gqom Queen Vol 1, and became the highest-paid music act in the country for a hot moment.

The fame came with a less appealing offshoot – the media scrutiny that followed. Real name Bongekile Simelane, the 26 year old has been splashed in newspapers for her romantic relationship with Mampintsha, a bunch of court cases and allegations of domestic violence.

In 2021 though, she made a triumphant return to the charts with the release of her sophomore album Idandokazi.

Although gqom is seeming past the best of its buzz, the album has gone on to reach platinum in sales. It also spawned the single Elamont, which went on to become the best performing gqom single on the Channel O top 30 chart for 2020.

Here are some 5 things we learned from the interview

SHE OWNS HER MASTERS 

While many artists have now begun trying to earn back the masters of their catalogues, Babes Wodumo told MacG that she owns hers. That’s long money. Babes Wodumo had been signed to West Ink at the time of releasing her debut album, but has since established her own label ‘Wodumo Entertainment’

However, she continues to be linked to West Ink largely due to her relationship with his founder Mampintsha, to whom she’s getting ready to get married.

HAS YET TO COLLECT THE ‘WOLOLO’ CHEQUE 

That’s why she will likely be smiling all the way to the bank when she finally collects the royalties for her blockbuster hit Wololo. Babes revealed during the interview that she’s kept herself from collecting the royalties from SAMRO because it hadn’t been time yet.

SHE MADE R1,2 MILLION PER WEEKEND

At the height of her blaze, she’d been earning an average of R1,2 million for performing gigs every weekend!

SHE HASN’T SPOKEN TO MASECHABA SINCE ‘THE INCIDENT’ 

To this date, Babes has yet to have any kind of interaction with media personality Masechaba Ndlovu. The two fell out after the radio presenter made claims on air that Mampintsha had been physically assaulting Babes Wodumo during a live show.

Babes told MacG that she had been blindsided by the questions and hadn’t been prepared to talk about it.

THE REAL REASON MAMPINTSHA IS ON EVER SONG

Apart from the fact that Mampintsha called multiple times during the interview, we also got to finally learn why he’s in every single song she does. Through the years, fans have jokingly asked whether ‘Babes Wodumo’ is really a duo, and it’s because the two appear on all her singles together.

However, Babes explained that Mampintsha is the one who is 1) always present when she’s creating new music and 2) has the best adlibs to enhance her style. She said not many people understand the ‘gimmicks’ involved with generating catchy adlibs over gqom instrumentals

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to land on Disney+ in February

Welcome to Wakanda!

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Black Panther Wakanda Forever

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are in for a treat. Disney+ has announced that 1 February marks the arrival of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The blockbuster will be joining 16 other on the streaming platform.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.

As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, ruler of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, is now playing in theaters. 

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The Shocking Fallout of Black Motion

Tensions have reportedly escalated.

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They are one of South Africa’s most revered music duos.

Their discography packs both blockbuster club bangers and lush delights for lovers of House with a transcendental African sonic flair. And the explosive fallout of Black Motion, which has been splashed across the internet long before reaching the courts, has shocked many.

Loved for their electrifying live performances and awe-inspiring chemistry, Mörda and Smol have always seemed like musical soulmates. But that relationship seems to have reached a bitter end.

In 2022, rumours of their reported split triggered a frenzy on the internet. Following the uproar, the group’s members Bongani Mohosana, who now goes as Mörda, and Smol (real name Roy Thabo Mabogwane), jointly calmed fears that they had fallen out.

It had been said the break would be temporary, as Mörda moved to focus on the release of his solo studio album.

Far from it, it now seems. The parties have escalated things to court.

According to reports, Black Motions have confirmed that they had pressed charges against Mörda for alleged housebreaking and theft.

A court order by the High Court in Gauteng posted on social media has ordered Morda to “restore possession of a recording studio apparatus” to the group by 13 January, at 5pm. 

Black Motion shared snaps of the alleged damage caused by Morda – a broken door and stolen equipment.

 

It looks like we won’t be getting a new Black Motion album with Mörda anytime soon.

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Inside the Big Brother Titans Premiere!

South Africa and Nigeria unite under Biggie’s roof.

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Sunday, 15 February 2023, marks the roaring arrival of BBTitans.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW.

The highly anticipated social experiment brings under Biggie’s roof housemates from both South Africa and Nigeria. And for 72 days, we will be splashed with the finest in South African and Nigerian swag, banter, romance and all the trappings of a fun-filled, dramatic and – we’d hope – an entertaining show.

A first of its kind, the social experiment assembles the most colourful personalities from the two nations to outwit, outplay and outsmart each other in a bid to get their hands on a massive bag, life-changing bag!

In addition to a number of lofty prizes that will likely be on the line throughout the season, the winner of the show will also be walking away, a whopping grand prize of US $100 000 (over R1,7 million) is up for grabs for the one who trounces his Housemates to charm audiences across the continent.

That’s not all; the amount of social capital, celebrity and opportunities for lucrative brand deals after the show, all form part of the career-launching lift-off that comes with being on the popular franchise.

Both Big Brother Mzansi host Lawrence Maleka and Big Brother Naija’s Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will co-host this debut season.

Fans of Big Brother Mzansi and Big Brother Naija in the diaspora are not left out as Showmax will stream the show in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and about 50 other countries.

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