Babes Wodumo, Gqom Queen’s Biography

Bongekile Simelane, popularly known as Babes Wodumo is a South African musician, songwriter, Choreographer and also known as Gqom Queen, and Wololo.

Babes Wodumo was born on July 26, 1994, in Durban, South Africa, LamontvilleSouth African. She appeared in Black Panther: The Album on a song called “Redemption”. Was also nominated for the 2017 BE4 Award for Best International Act: Africa.

Wodumo is reported to have a net worth of $500,000, She was born to Welcome Simelane and was in a relationship with Mampintsha.


There was a report on domestic violence on Babes Wodum on the 3rd of March, 2019, from her then-boyfriend and manager,Mampintsha Maphumulo. Babes Wodumo made the incident known through her social media network when she made a broadcast of the beating live on the Instagram live. Mampintsha was later arrested on the ground of assault and she ended the relationship at that point.


The Gqom Queen came under heavy criticism for body-shaming Lady Zamar which she later came out and claimed that her Twitter account was hacked. After that, she claimed that her Twitter account was hacked.

Just recently she got involved in a controversial tweet with Cassper Nyovest were accused him of not being able to pay his bills,

She tweeted thus; 

‘’King Monada donated R50k to street vendors. You need to shut up and pay your outstanding bills sometimes.’’

Wodumo knows how to get into controversies as it seems like she enjoys the attention. she recently called for violence against the Police and Army through her social media account. she tweeted thus, ”if a police/army hits you, hits you back”.

This attracted a lot of criticism, as people asked why she didn’t hit back at her ex-boyfriend who violated her, while some wondered if hr account has been hacked as usual.

Net Worth:

Wodumo has ben reported to worth around $500,000.

Awards and Nominations:

Babes Wodumo has won several awards and nominations which include;

She was nominated in 16th Metro FM Music Awards, Gqom Queen Vol.1, Best Dance Album,

Gqom Queen Vol.1, Best Female Album, Wololo (feat. Mampintsha & Distruction Boyz Song Of The Year).

In 23rd South African Music Awards

She was nominated on Wololo (feat. Mampintsha & Distruction Boyz) as Record Of The Year 

Her album Gqom Queen Vol.1 was nominated as Album of the Year

She was also nominated as Best Female Artist Of The Year

In 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards

She was nominated again on the Song Of The Year with Wololo (feat. Mampintsha & Distruction Boyz

BET Awards 2017

She was nominated as the Best International Act: Africa

She was nominated for Dance Music Awards 2017, which she won as the Best Dance Female Artist from Gqom Queen Vol.1

In 2017MTV EMA

She was also nominated as the Best African Act 

In South African Gqom Awards 2019

Her song ‘’Ka Dazz’’ was nominated for Song Of The Year, Best Music Video, Best Music Video Director

She won the Best Female category.

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