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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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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