by Sihle Mthembu
Now that she's no longer awash with the afterglow of being a newcomer, now that she's disproved the naysayers who said she wouldn't last longer than a year and now that Babes Wodumo has shown she can make songs that rattle speakers across the continent, it's time to talk about the fans that made her – women.
And by this, I mean women of all ages, from mamas in their 40s trying to marry the night, to teens in crop tops and high-waisted jeans.
The Babes Hive is relentless. They're what makes seeing her live a spectacle. When she arrives at Artizen Restaurant & Lounge in KwaMashu, north of Durban, for her Black Entertainment Television (BET) send-off party, groups of women swarm around her, asking for pictures and taking videos. She just smiles while they snap away.
The young girls and their mohawked lovers form a barricade around their queen, and they scream out the lyrics to her songs word for word and dance until their faces are salty with sweat. Babes is the first woman with this type of bewitching command in the South African pop space since Brenda Fassie and Lebo Mathosa dropped their mics.
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