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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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Interview: Buju Banton Is a Lyrical Purveyor of African Truth

A candid conversation with the Jamaican icon about his new album, Upside Down 2020, his influence on afrobeats, and the new generation of dancehall.

Devout fans of reggae music have been longing for new musical offerings from Mark Anthony Myrie, widely-known as the iconic reggae superstar Buju Banton. A shining son of Jamaican soil, with humble beginnings as one of 15 siblings in the close-knit community of Salt Lane, Kingston, the 46-year-old musician is now a legend in his own right.

Buju Banton has 12 albums under his belt, one Grammy Award win for Best Reggae Album, numerous classic hits and a 30-year domination of the industry. His larger-than-life persona, however, is more than just the string of accolades that follow in the shadows of his career. It is his dutiful, authentic style of Caribbean storytelling that has captured the minds and hearts of those who have joined him on this long career ride.

The current socio-economic climate of uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrusted onto the world, coupled with the intensified fight against racism throughout the diaspora, have taken centre stage within the last few months. Indubitably, this makes Buju—and by extension, his new album—a timely and familiar voice of reason in a revolution that has called for creative evolution.

With his highly-anticipated album, Upside Down 2020, the stage is set for Gargamel. The title of this latest discography feels nothing short of serendipitous, and with tracks such as "Memories" featuring John Legend and the follow-up dancehall single "Blessed," it's clear that this latest body of work is a rare gem that speaks truth to vision and celebrates our polylithic African heritage in its rich fullness and complexities.

Having had an exclusive listen to some other tracks on the album back in April, our candid one-on-one conversation with Buju Banton journeys through his inspiration, collaboration and direction for Upside Down 2020, African cultural linkages and the next generational wave of dancehall and reggae.

This interview has been shortened and edited for clarity.

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