Showmax has released the first teaser for Uthando Lodumo, an original reality series that follows Bongekile ‘Babes Wodumo’ Simelane and Mandla ‘Mampintsha’ Maphumulo from marriage proposal live on Gagasi FM in October 2020 until their wedding day.
Likely to spark widespread debate in Msanzi, Uthando Lodumo, produced and directed by South African Film and Television Award winner Thomas Gumede and South African Film and Television Awards nominee, Lungile Radu through their production company Parental Advisory.
According to Thomas, this show will be impossible to predict. “We know it’s going to spark a lot of debate,” he said.
“We live our lives openly,” says Babes Wodumo in the Showmax Original reality series, which follows their relationship from his proposal live on radio in 2020, through marriage counselling, lobola negotiations, pregnancy and a traditional wedding in April 2021.
Babes burst into the Gqom scene with Wololo, featuring Mampintsha and Distruction Boyz, which racked up over 11 million views on YouTube alone.
It was nominated as Record of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards and the South African Music Awards, among other places.
As Babes says in the trailer, “We were madly in love. We then made hit song after hit song. And we made a lot of money as a result. ”
But their relationship hasn’t always been a fairytale, with an incident of gender-based violence trending on social media in 2019.
The trailer suggests Mampintsha is still dealing with the aftermath of that controversy, as his initial letter to Babes’ family is rejected; we see him apologising to Babes’ parents; and we see Babes worrying about whether her family will turn Mampintsha’s family away at the gate.