Her name is currently on everyone’s lips and she got the whole of SA jamming to her first single with Mampintsha, “Wololo”. Not too long after that, Babes Wodumo’s track “Mercedes” was released, but there were rumours…
There were whispers that the intended title of the song was making reference to a drug known as Mercedes. Really?
The MEC for Social Development in KwaZulu-Natal, Weziwe Thusi has welcomed the track’s banning. In a statement from her office, she said the track – believed to be about a street drug known as “Mercedes” – is viewed to be celebrating drug abuse.
Babes has however denied the claims stating that the song is all about her favourite vehicle brand.
“We live in difficult times where our children are heavily involved in substance abuse and we cannot afford to have songs that can be mistaken as promoting drug abuse. Just this year two children lost their lives to drugs following a house party in KwaMashu. We welcome this bold and progressive step by SABC management,” said Thusi.
Weziwe Thusi also encouraged and prompted influential South Africans to be aware of the type of messages they send with their work and projects.
“Artists have a huge role to play in building our communities and ensuring social cohesion. Radio stations also need to assist in ensuring that songs that are not contributing positively towards nation-building are not given airtime,” Thusi said.