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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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Listen to Sound Sultan's New Album '8th Wondah'

The 17-track album features 2Baba, Wizkid, Teni, Falz, Mr Real and several others.

Sound Sultan recently dropped his 8th studio album titled 8th Wondah.

The 17-track album is the follow-up to his 2016 album titled "Out of the Box" and features fellow Nigerian artists 2Baba, Wizkid, Teni, Falz, Mr Real, Olu Maintai, Peruzzi, Small Doctor and Johnny Drille.

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Listen to Simmy's New Single 'Ngihamba Nawe'

South African singer, Simmy, features Sino Msolo in her latest offering––a romantic jam.

South African singer Simmy, real name Simphiwe Nhlangulela, has just released her latest single "Ngihamba Nawe".

She features fellow South African artist Sino Msolo on the track which is a follow-up to her 2018 debut album Tugela Fairy. The now gold-certified album featured chart toppers including "Umahlalela", "Ngiyesaba" and "Lashona Ilanga".

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South Africans Condemn Police Brutality During National Lockdown

A number of videos have emerged on social media allegedly showing the intimidation and assault of several Black South Africans by law enforcement.

South Africa recently began a nationwide lockdown in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been deployed across the nation to aid the police in ensuring that the rules of the lockdown are abided by. However, disturbing footage has emerged on social media allegedly depicting law enforcement agents assaulting South Africans.

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This Is What It Takes for South African Musicians to Succeed Abroad

Jeremy Loops, Shimza, Moonchild Sanelly and GoodLuck discuss what it took to build their names overseas.

Disclaimer: The conversation which this piece makes reference to took place before the COVID-19 pandemic hit South Africa.

"I said it for 10 years that I'm going to work with Beyoncé, and everybody laughed for those 10 years. And I said it with conviction. Today, I'm on a Grammy-nominated album [on a song] with Beyoncé right now," says Moonchild Sanelly referring to the song "MY POWER" in which she's featured in alongside Busiswa, Nija, Yemi Alade, Tierra Whack and of course Queen B herself. The track is a fan-favorite from the Lion King: The Gift soundtrack album curated by Beyoncé. Moonchild is pulling out these receipts to elaborate a point she just made about self-belief which helped her build a career that's recognized globally, a feat very few South African artists have achieved.

A few of those artists— Jeremy Loops, Shimza and Juliet Harding (a member of the versatile electronic band GoodLuck)—are on the podium alongside Moonchild during the Midem Africa Conference in Langa, Cape Town towards the end of February. The four musicians are in conversation with Trenton Birch, musician and founder of Bridges for Music Academy, sharing their secrets to breaking into the highly competitive and advanced music markets of mainly Europe and the US.

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