Babes Wodumo biography, age, profile, husband, awards & cars


Babes Wodumo biography || Babes Wodumo (born Bongekile Simelane; 26 July 1994 in Lamontville, Chatsworth) is a South African model, dancer, and Kwaito musician.

She walked into the spotlight upon dropping the hit song “Wololo”.

Babes Wodumo (born Bongekile Simelane) is a South African musician, actress, host, and dancer.
Name Bongekile Simelane
Other names Babes Wodumo
Age 26 years old
Nationality South African
Date of birth 26 July 1994
Place of birth Lamontville, Chatsworth
Gender Female
Birthday July 26th
Husband Mandla Maphumulo
Profession musician, actress, host, and dancer.


Her date of birth is on the 26th of July 1994 and the place of birth is in Lamontville, Chatsworth, South Africa.

Babes Wodumo is 26 years old, she celebrates her birthday every year on July 26th.


Growing up, she had interests in dancing, singing, athletics, and football.


Her passion gave birth to the name ‘Wodumo’, she was raised under the protective care of her father, Reverend Welcome Semilane.

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She was raised with her sister, Nonduh Simelane. Babes parents did not give their approval of her interests to join the entertainment industry.

They rather wanted her to study to become a social worker. Her father named her ‘Babes’ after she was born.

Reverend Welcome believed that her eyes looked like those of a member in the “The Babes” group.


Babes Wodumois married to Mandla Maphumulo, a.k.a. Mampintsha, who is a member of Big Nuz.

The couple did not announce their marriage until their social media followers saw a picture on Instagram. The photo contained the couple showing their wedding rings.



She is no newbie in the music industry, Babes has spent over six years in the industry.

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In 2014, she had her first song Desha produced by Sir Bubzin.

“She until 2016 – where she would claim her Gqom Queen status shortly after releasing a hit album.”

In 2017, she took home vast awards both local and international. Her album created her the opportunity to feature on the “Black Panther album” by Kendrick Lamar.


She owns and manages the West Ink Dance Academy. The academy was established to teach the art of choreography and routines.


She has also worked with several artists as a businesswoman. She was featured to “lead the choreography” or teach dances.

She has worked with heavyweights in the industry including Dj Tira, Big Nuz, Nikki Williams, Kendrick Lamar, and others.

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Babes Wodumo biography
Babes Wodumo biography


Babes Wodumo has received several awards including;

MTV Music Awards for Song of the Year (2016).

Best International Act: Africa at the BET Awards Best Female Artist, Gqom Queen Vol. 1 (2017).

16th Metro FM Music Awards in Best Kwaito Album, Gqom Queen, Vol. 1, at the 23rd South African Music Awards (2017).

Best Female Artist of the year at the 23rd South African Music Awards (2017).

The 16th Metro FM Music Awards for Song of the Year, Wololo, at the 16th Metro FM Music Awards Newcomer of the Year, Gqom Queen, Vol. 1 (2017).

The 23rd South African Music Awards BET Award for Best International Act: Africa for Best New Artist, Gqom Queen Vol. 1 (2017).

NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation – Black Panther in Best Dance Album, Gqom Queen Vol. 1 (2019).


She drives a Mercedes Benz V-Class, 2019 model. The car is estimated to worth around R1,300,000.

Babes Wodumo also drives an Audi S7 which an estimated market price of around R1,100,000.

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