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Why Babes Wodumo calls herself "ratchet"?


 Raised in a conservative home, this pastor's daughter proudly calls herself "ratchet".
But she's also talented. Babes Wodumo has captured the nation's imagination with her hot dance moves and sizzling hit , Wololo .
The single, which kicked off the spring season with a bang, features Big Nuz's Mamphintsha and DJ Tira.
"I grew up in the township, that's why I say I am ratchet," says the 22-year-old from Lamontville, Durban.
"People always think when I say I am ratchet I mean I'm a hobo. I actually mean the carefree type of ratchet."
Sunday World met with the woman, who cares less who Pravin Gordhan iss, at a hotel in Sandton. She was wearing a short miniskirt and blue cropped top.
She then changed into a swimsuit and settled down before opening up about her life story.
During conversation, she reveals that she is a God-fearing person despite not attending church as often as she'd like to.
"I love God, and grew up in a God-fearing family," she says. "My father's a pastor, so there's no way I can't respect God."
Babes's big break came when she was among the ladies on Big Nuz's Hawaii music video. She didn't even have to audition to be part of the girls in the video, she says.
"My agent says I talk too much," she laughs.
"He said I'd get there and start asking about money and when I would get paid. I then said, 'Okay, fine. I won't go'."
On the day of the shoot, the agent called her begging her to go to the shoot, but she refused because she was angry.
"He then begged my father, who agreed that I can go as long as I wear shorts on top of a bikini," she says.
So, Babes Wodumo got there with a friend, all hyped up and loud. This drew Mampitsha's attention.
"He kept looking at me and laughing," she says.
"From there, we started talking as friends. Then two years down the line, he invited me to the studio and we took it from there."
But Babes Wodumo says fame comes with unwanted drama. She says men have this misconception that she just wants attention from them.
"But Mapintsha fights for me," she says.
She was born Bongekile Simelane and got the "Babes" nickname from her parents while still a kid.
She acquired the Wodumo part, meaning the famous one, from Durbanites, who enjoyed her dancing, acting, singing and modelling escapades in ekasi.
"Every time people saw me, they would describe me as the famous Babes."
Babes says she knew she wanted to become a dancer while growing up because she loved it. But she also considered social work because she loves working with people.
"After my matric, I did it for a year with Unisa. But I dropped out because I didn't like it. As much as I love people, I also love entertainment."
Her love for people was triggered by her maternal grandmother's old-age home in KwaMaphumulo, where she volunteered as a caregiver during school holidays. She would dance and sing for the elderly to keep them entertained.
Speaking about her dance moves, Babes says they are not choreographed.
"But I work with some people who help perfect them. Dancing is my thing, it's in my veins. So as much as I do other things, my main focus is dancing and making music."
Babes owns a dance school called West Ink School Of Dance, where she teaches dancing.
And despite being "ratchet" she still stays with her parents and does house chores when not working.
"I go to gigs for fun. Other than that, I stay at home, cook and do house chores. I'm still a child at home."
The starlet, who gives most of her money to her parents, will soon release another single from her myriad of recorded "hit songs".
"The next one will be better than Wololo," she says confidently.
Talking about her love life, Babes says she is taken by a famous musician, but refuses to reveal his identity.
"I have a boyfriend, we have been together for quite a while, he is a well-known artist but I will not say his name," she says trying to hide her blushing cheeks.
Her future goal is to discover another Babes and open an old-age home "hopefully before I hit the age of 26"

Khabza Mkhize

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