The cover of Babes Wodumo's new album.

Listen to Babes Wodumo’s Sophomore Album ‘Idandokazi’

Babes Wodumo excites fans with her much-anticipated sophomore album 'Idandokazi'.

Babes Wodumo's latest album Idandokazi drops four years after her breakthrough song "Wololo" from her debut album Gqom Queen Vol. 1 (2016) broke national and international charts landing it on the Black Panther soundtrack.

The 13-track album boasts gqom beats, with each track featuring guest artists from the Durban music scene. Babes Wodumo's lyrics are funny and resonate with current events of the coronavirus pandemic leading to a global lockdown. The song "Levels" is a comical commentary on the country's fluctuating levels of lockdown. "Ungangyeke" is reminiscent of the first wave of gqom when the vosho dance, originally from Durban, became a country wide dance trend.


Every song on Idandokazi beats to the heart of gqom, unwavering from the style even with the growing amapiano movement dominating radio stations and dance floors. The album has no skips, with guests Native Life, Rhythm Sounds, Madondo and Tipcee bringing their own flavour to each song, and there is no way to listen without dancing.

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Fans of Babes Wodumo have responded positively to the album by posting videos of themselves dancing to songs from Idandokazi. IsiZulu publication Isolezwe has stated that many fans do not appreciate Babes' partner and fellow musician Mampintsha's appearance on the album following the well-documented violent history of him allegedly physically abusing her.

Stream Idandokazi on Apple Music and Spotify.


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Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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