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

Finding it difficult to follow what's been happening with the artist and her assault case? We've got you covered.

A lot has transpired since South African gqom artist Babes Wodumo, real name Bongekile Simelane, was seen being beaten by her boyfriend and fellow musician Mampintsha, real name Mandla Maphumulo, on Instagram Live. Here's what's happened since Babes Wodumo filed an assault charge against Mampintsha and was later hospitalized for a short period.


Following her short hospitalization, what was bewildering for many Babes Wodumo fans was the surfacing of a video of the singer performing a verse from Khona Ingane Lay'ndlini, a song recently released by Mampintsha featuring DJ Tira. Loosely translated, the verse that Babes sang (also the name of the single) means "behave, there are children in the house"—the exact words Mampintsha yelled at her in their Instagram Live video that subsequently went viral.

However, Babes Wodumo's manager issued the following statement with regards to the video:

"It is not a publicity stunt. You know the song Mampintsha released was about the video (of the alleged assault). She was actually mocking the song, not trying to make it a trend. Obviously it was taken another way, but she was actually mocking the song."

More recently, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) applied for a warrant of arrest to be issued for Babes and her sister after the pair failed to appear in court last week Friday. The pair were both charged with assault last month by a woman whom they believed had leaked a number of videos of Babes. Whilst she was not arrested, Babes was fined and given a stern warning about respecting court proceedings by the judge.

On the other hand, after laying a counter charge of assault against Babes Wodumo and starting an organization for abusers of women, Mampintsha recently expressed his desire to sue Apple Music for having removed his music from the platform following his alleged assault of Babes.


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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Thandiswa Mazwai to Host 'Play Your Part Africa' Virtual Concert

'King Tha' will commemorate Africa Day with a virtual concert set to take place on May 30th.

South African musician Thandiswa Mazwai or "King Tha" as she's affectionately known, is set to bring the Africa Month celebrations to an end with a virtual concert commemorating Africa Day this Saturday on May 30th. The "Play Your Part Africa" concert is a collaboration between Brand South Africa, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture as well as Constitution Hill which has hosted major cultural and historic events over the years.

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#BlackOutEid​: Young Black Muslims Shine as They Celebrate Eid

Young Black Muslims have found creative ways to celebrate community and share their best Eid looks, even as they #StayAtHome.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim fam! Today marks Eid al-Fitr, the official end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Despite things being a little different this year (on account of the current pandemic, of course) this hasn't stopped many from finding creative ways to fast, pray and connect with their community during these times. It certainly hasn't stopped young Black Muslims from participating in the virtual tradition known as #BlackOutEid while they continue to #StayAtHome.

#BlackOutEid is an annual celebration which highlights the diversity within the Muslim world. It began in 2015, when Aamina Mohamed created the hashtag to combat the erasure of Black people within the community. Since then, the hashtag has been used across social media with Black Muslims using it to share their sharpest Eid looks.

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Rebuilding the Nigerian Fashion Industry After Coronavirus

While the style capital of Africa remains shuttered, Nigerian fashion insiders have an ambitious plan to forge an independent path in a post-COVID world.