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Babes Wodumo Features in the Music Video of the Song Referencing her Alleged Assault

Her fans are confused with some even wondering if the viral clip of her alleged abuse by Mampintsha was possibly staged.

Earlier today, South African artist DJ Tira and embattled musician Mampintsha dropped the music video for their song "Khona Ingane Lay'ndlini" which roughly translates to "behave, there are kids in the house". These are the words that were heard in the video clip where Mampintsha was allegedly seen beating Babes Wodumo.

Whilst South Africans were outraged that DJ Tira would even produce a song with Mampintsha that refers to his alleged abuse of Babes Wodumo, they've been left dumbfounded by Babes' own appearance in the music video.


After Babes was allegedly assaulted by Mampintsha a few months ago on Instagram Live, the country rallied behind her. They praised her bravery for having finally exposed the alleged abuse that had been rife in her relationship with Mampintsha. Calls to boycott his music and the music of those working with him were made.

However, after Babes was seen performing "Khona Ingane Lay'ndlini", fans were confused as to why she'd endorse a song that referenced and even made fun of her alleged abuse. Babes' team issued a statement saying (and unconvincingly so) that the gqom artist was simply "mocking" both Mampintsha and the song.

READ: Here's the Latest on South African Artist Babes Wodumo's Assault Case

Now that she actually features in the music video, South Africans are divided. Some have already 'cancelled' both Babes and Mampintsha while others have suggested that the viral clip of her alleged abuse was staged entirely.


Others have repeated that this is what the psychological grip of abuse looks like and exactly why we refer to abuse as being a cycle. Women who are abused go back to their abusers numerous times.

Babes is yet to issue a statement about the music video.




Listen to 10 Great Songs From Johnny Clegg

Here are some of the best songs to remember South Africa's son of the soil.

Yesterday, it was confirmed that South African musician, Johnny Clegg, passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Understandably, heartfelt tributes have been pouring in ever since. Long before it was cool (or even legal) to be in close proximity to blackness and anything attached to it in South Africa, Clegg, a white man, was doing just that. That is exactly why he was given the endearing title of South Africa's "son of the soil."

Growing up during Apartheid, Clegg was taught how to speak the Zulu language by a domestic worker named Charlie Mzila. In his teenage years, his appreciation for the Zulu culture continued and he soon learnt the traditional dance styles known as isishameni and also learnt how to play the Maskandi guitar. Clegg's music was a beacon of light during a very dark time in South Africa's history and his songs about Nelson Mandela (at a time where songs were banned for merely mentioning the name of the late statesman and other key struggle activists) brought the country together.

It is irrefutable that a music giant has fallen. However, Clegg leaves behind a wealth of music featuring other great South African artists and groups such as Zakwe, Brenda Fassie, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela and Juluka/Suvuka, among several others. His music undeniably brought South Africans and people all around the world together.

We've picked ten of our favorite songs from the late musician's discography in honor of a life that was lived to the fullest.

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The 12 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Stonebwoy, Mahmoud Ahmed, Tiwa Savage x Zlatan, Africa Express, Juls x Mr Eazi and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's new playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Beyoncé Wore These 2 African Designers in Her Music Video for 'Spirit'

Queen Bey continues to include and give a nod to African talent in her visuals.

As we draw even closer to Disney's The Lion King opening in theaters this week, Beyoncé continues to lead the way with her new music video for "Spirit"—the first single off of the film's album she produced and curated, The Lion King: The Gift.

Shot in the Havasu Falls in Arizona's Grand Canyon, Beyoncé and her legion of beautiful dancers are one with nature and its various elements as she beckons us to be brave and hear the calling of spirit. As we noted when she announced the album, the track opens with a call and response in Swahili that translates to "Long live the king": Uishi kwa mda mrefu mfalme—uishi kwa.

Keeping our eyes peeled for African influences in the music video, it's evident that is seen in the choreography. We even spotted our extended fam with the afrobeats moves—the AVO Boys: Stephen Ojo and Caleb Bonney—as two of her dancers in the video.

Beyoncé continues to also give a nod to African talent through the looks she donned in "Spirit" styled by her mainstay, Zerina Akers.

Take a look at the two African designers she wore in the video below.

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