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South African Artist Babes Wodumo Has Been Hospitalized

Following her physical assault at the hands of her boyfriend, Mampintsha, the artist is currently in hospital.

Yesterday, Gqom Queen Babes Wodumo, real name Bongekile Simelane, filed assault charges against her boyfriend Mampintsha, real name Mandla Maphumulo. These charges follow Mampintsha having been seen beating Babes on Instagram Live.


Babes Wodumo was expected to attend a media briefing yesterday after having pressed charges against Mampintsha. However, the artist could not attend because she is currently receiving medical treatment according to her parents who attended the briefing on her behalf. They would not disclose the specific treatment Babes is receiving but asked that their daughter be given the requisite time to herself to heal.

Mampintsha has not handed himself in to the police and no arrests have been made as yet. However, according to IOL, Babes is expected to break her silence and talk about Mampintsha and her abuse via live feed.

Whilst Babes' abuse at the hands of Mampintsha has been known to the public since late last year, this particular incident has once again prompted conversation around how abusive male South African artists are never brought to book for their actions. They continue to produce music without so much as a dent to their sales or airplay on radio stations.

READ: Op-Ed: South Africans Are Fine With Muting R Kelly But Not Their Own Problematic Male Artists

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A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

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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