Bongekile Simelane popularly known by her stage name Babes Wodumo, is an award winning singer, songwriter and dancer, under the Gqom genre in South Africa.

Babes Wodumo rose to fame after her single “Wololo” became a major hit in the music scene. She also went further to gain more recognition as it got featured on Black Panther’s soundtrack, on a song titled “Redemption”

Babes Wodumo since her debut, has collaborated with a lot of top artist in the SA music scene and has also shared the same stage with top International artists.

Family & Beginning

Babes Wodumo is originally from KwaZulu-Natal. She is born to Welcome Simelane who is a bishop at the Lamontville Mount Zion Faith Mission.

Although nothing is mentioned about her mother, but she has a known sister.

Babes Wodumo as a child, always excelled in things she focused her mind on, she delved into dancing, athletics, acting and soccer. This activities got her the name Wodumo.

Babes Wodumo’s first name “Babes” was given by her father, as he thought her eyes looked like that of “The Babes” group member.

She was born on the 25th of March 1994.

Musical Milestone

Babes Wodumo got her major breakthrough after she released her critical acclaimed “Wololo” single.

The song did so well, it cut across the globe. She entered the entertainment scene as a dancer and later realized she could sing.

Babes has been in the industry for over five years now and has done immensely well for herself.

Babes Wodumo’s first ever recorded song was the single “Desha” which was produced by Sir Bubzin. The song didn’t really gain much popularity as her “Wololo” single did at that time.

The singer and rapper has since her breakthrough taken over the industry by storm, establishing her own dance academy with the name “West Ink Dance Academy”. She has also released other top notch songs.

Babes Wodumo’s Albums
Babes Wodumo since her debut into the industry has released 1 studio album tagged “Gqom Queen Vol.1” which was released in 2016 and she is gearing up for another album release.

According to her label owner and boyfriend Mampintsha, we should expect an album release for May 2020.

Babes Wodumo’s Relationship

Babes Wodumo was in a relationship with Celebrity producer, Mampintsha, although the relationship was marred by domestic abuse in 2019, but the two still worked things out and got married.

Unfortunately, Mampintsha passed away on December 2022 after a short illness.

After the passing of Babes Wodumoʼs husband, no one has been suspected to be in a relationship with the Gqom Queen.

Babes Wodumo and Mampintsha are blessed with a baby boy who is known as “Sponge Wodumo”.

Babes Wodumo’s Net Worth

Babes Wodumo’s net worth is estimated at around R3 Million.

This is calculated from payments for show performances, album sales, money made from her Youtube views, endorsement deals, Properties and investments owned by her, the artiste is doing well for herself financially and is one of the top artistes in South Africa to reckon with.

She has carved a niche for herself in the industry which others look up to.

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