Babes Wodumo Biography: Age, Parents, Boyfriend, Net Worth, Albums, Songs, Family

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Bongekile Mildred Simelane (born March 25, 1994), widely recognized as Babes Wodumo, is a gifted gqom singer, songwriter, and choreographer from South Africa. Her breakthrough came in 2016 with the release of her groundbreaking track Wololo.

Celebrated for her remarkable dancing abilities, Babes Wodumo has entranced audiences with her unique choreography displayed in her music videos and captivating live performances.

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Full Name: Bongekile Mildred Simelane
Stage Name: Babes Wodumo
Born: 26 July 1994 (age 29 years old)
Place of Birth: Lamontville, Chatsworth, South Africa
Nationality: South African
Education: University of South Africa
Height: 1.67 m
Parents: Thokozile Simelane, Welcome Simelane
Siblings: Nondumiso Simelane
Spouse: Mampintsha (m. ?-2022)
Boyfriend • Partner: Mampintsha (ex.)
Children: Sponge Wodumo
Occupation: Singer • Choreographer
Net Worth: $1 million (USD)

Early Life & Education

Babes Wodumo, a renowned gqom artist and choreographer, was born on March 25, 1994, in the vibrant city of Lamontville, in Durban, South Africa. Her father, Welcome Simelane, a bishop, and her mother, Thokozile Simelane, welcomed her into the world. 

 Throughout childhood, Babes Wodumo shared many precious moments with her sister, Nondumiso Simelane

Despite initially pursuing higher education at the University of South AfricaBabes Wodumo boldly decided to leave her studies behind and pursue a career in the entertainment industry.


Following the explosive success of her hit single Wololo in 2016, Babes Wodumo skyrocketed to stardom, becoming a household name. The chart-topping track was included in her debut studio album, Gqom Queen, which hit the shelves later that year.

Babes Wodumo has carved out a niche in the music industry with her signature style, characterized by infectious melodies, pulsating beats, and clever lyrics. Her electrifying stage presence is further amplified by her dynamic dance routines, which have endeared her to a loyal fan base.

Beyond her flourishing music career, Wodumo has diversified into choreography. With her innate talent and boundless creativity, she has choreographed captivating dance sequences not only for her own music videos but also for esteemed artists like DJ Tira and Durban Gen.

Through her mastery of choreography, Babes Wodumo has proven herself to be a versatile artist capable of enchanting audiences not only with her music but also through the art of dance.

Awards & Nominations

  • 2016 MTV Africa Music Award for Best Breakthrough Act
  • 2016 MTV Africa Music Award for Song of the Year (“Wololo”)
  • 2017 MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act
  • 2018 South African Music Award for Record of the Year (“Wololo”)

Social Media

  • Instagram: @babeswodumo
  • Twitter: @BABESWODUMO
  • Facebook: Babes Wodumo

Personal Life

Babes Wodumo, aged 29, has been the media’s focus largely due to her romantic relationship with her late spouse, Mampintsha, also known as Mandla Maphumulo.

Mampintsha shared a romantic bond with Wodumo and served as her manager. Unfortunately, their relationship was marred by instances of domestic abuse, drawing widespread concern.

In 2021, Babes Wodumo became a mother, welcoming a son named Sponge Wodumo into the world with her late husband, Mampintsha.


  • Gqom Queen, Vol. 1 (2016)
  • Idando Kazi (2020)

Net Worth

Babes Wodumo‘s estimated net worth is R17 million, roughly equivalent to US$1 million. She gained popularity as a South African gqom artist and choreographer after her hit song Wololo was released in 2016. Since then, she has launched two successful studio albums, Gqom Queen in 2016 and Idando Kazi in 2020. 

Additionally, she has been recognized with numerous accolades, including the prestigious BET Award for Best International Act: Africa in 2017.

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