Babes Wodumo to launch anti-drug campaign

By Qhama Dayile
24 October 2016

"It is very sad that Babes favorite car happens to share the same pseudonym as the dangerous drug "

Babes Wodumo gets challenged by The Congress of South African Students (COSAS) to participate in an anti-drug campaign following the release of her new single ‘Mercedes’ and agrees.

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In the song 'Mercedes' Babes says “Ngibambe Mercedes, Ngibambe nto yami” (urging this “Mercedes” to put her in a state of arrest).

Those in the know say the word Mercedes is a Durban slang word for a Drug but West Ink boss Mampintsha sent out a statement saying, ”It is very sad that Babes favorite car happens to share the same pseudonym as the dangerous drug but we would like to re affirm our truth to you all that the song has always been about a car."

"We will be sending you details of the campaign soon and we urge and pledge government as well as private stake holders to lend their support to our cause," he added.

Read the full statement from Babes Wodumo's record label below

Firstly we would like to extend our sincere heartfelt apologies for the seeming confusion that has emerged following the release of our proposed follow up & highly sought after single for Babes Wodumo titled "Mercedes" which has since stirred a wave of controversy and opened up a debate regarding a dangerous substance of the same name which has become synonymous with the underground KZN community. It is very sad that Babes favorite car happens to share the same pseudonym as the dangerous drug but we would like to re affirm our truth to you all that the song has always been about a car, which is also the same dream car that her own father has always wanted to own but was never able to afford. The story of the song is thus a continuation of a young black girl who grew up in the ghetto and literally came from nothing to being what she is today and is just singing out her dreams in her songs. It is also a gravely unfortunate coincidence that we overlooked the possibility of the song being linked to the drug of the same name but we empathize with everyone who has been affected by this. In the aftermath of this unfortunate series of events Babes Wodumo has decided to come up with a campaign that seeks to create and address awareness against drug use amongst South African youth. We will be sending you details of the campaign soon and we urge and pledge government as well as private stake holders to lend their support to our cause. Thank you in advance for your continued support and co operation.

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