Fans stayed up until 3 a.m. to watch Uthando Lodumo, which began streaming exclusively on Showmax at midnight last night, to binge the entire series, according to Twitter.
From a live proposal on Gagasi FM in October 2020 through marriage counselling, lobola negotiations, pregnancy and an extravagant bridal shower, the Showmax Original reality series follows Babes Wodumo and Mampintsha leading up to their vibrant wedding in April 2021.
As The Citizen Newspaper’s Kaunda Selisho puts it, “Uthando Lodumo offers a never-before-seen look into the dynamic between a couple that has dominated headlines from the moment they achieved mainstream popularity.”
The king and queen of GQom
Babes came to prominence with Wololo, which was nominated for Record of the Year at both the MTV Africa Music Awards and the South African Music Awards, among other places.
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Wololo was a household name, Babes explains in Uthando Lodumo. It was even known by Beyoncé and Usher.
While she admits in Uthando Lodumo that “working with your partner can be stressful,” she says of Mampintsha that “we were madly in love.”
Then we took hit after hit. And, as a result, we made a lot of money.
Babes made an appearance in Black Panther.
She worked on the album with Major Lazer and amassed millions of YouTube views for her music videos for Jiva Phezu’kombhede, Umngan’wami, Ganda Ganda, and Ka Dazz, firmly establishing herself as the queen of Gqom, with West Ink Records founder Mampintsha as her king.
Mampintsha apologizes for his abusive behaviour.
Babes and Mampintsha’s relationship hasn’t always been rosy, with a case of gender-based violence trending on social media in 2019. After his initial letter to the family was rejected, he apologized to Babes’ parents.
“I wanted to come in person and apologize for the many mistakes and the big drama that hurt everyone, because I know that’s what caused our misunderstandings.”
I’d like to apologize profusely to you, Ma, to repair our lovely relationship, as well as to you, Sir, as I have already apologized to Babes… I sincerely apologize.”
Mampintsha says in Uthando Lodumo, “I’d advise others to never do what I did because it’s like an incurable disease.”
He describes how the incident “left scars in the family… Those wounds didn’t seem to heal.”
Two very distinct families
Babes is a Swati,and Mampintsha a Zulu, and they were both raised Christians, so their wedding brought together three cultures and two very different families.
“Mampintsha’s mother and mine are not the same,” Babes said to Uthando Lodumo. “My mother was raised in the church, whereas Mampintsha’s mother is from the ghetto.
Babes were brought up by pastors.
“On weekends, they would arrange for funerals or weddings. On Sundays, I’d go to church with a hangover.”
But, she claims, the families share a lot of similarities. “We have a similar vibe. We’re always joking and having a good time with our neighbours.
“Fortunately, I found a good family that won’t judge me,” she adds.
They were running late for their wedding due to a gig.
Mampintsha agreed to perform on their wedding day. “As artists returning from a hard lockdown with no work, we committed to a lot of gigs, not realising.
“Our families were pleading with us to cancel the gig,” Babes said.
“We said we couldn’t because people had made reservations and expected to see us.”
So they performed in Vryheid, a four-hour drive away, at 3 a.m. on the morning of their wedding, and, predictably, “We were late as usual,” Babes admitted.
They have “Indian love” for each other.
Mampintsha compares their love to “Indian love” in a diary session, explaining, “Indians hold hands in the scorching sun, their hands dripping with sweat, but they won’t let each other go.” That is referred to as ‘Indian love.’ That’s the kind of affection Babes and I have for one another. ”
“We’ve come a long way from when I was a teenager, and he was in Big Nuz, to just being in love, to trending for all the wrong reasons, and falling back in love,” Babes says in Uthando Lodumo.
“Our love is well-known… Our journey has not been easy, but we have succeeded. So, whoever is upset with us will eventually change their mind. ”
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