Gqom power couple Mandla “Mampintsha” Maphumulo and Bongekile “Babes Wodumo” Simelane have reportedly sold their wedding rights for about R3 million to online content producer Showmax.
The duo will officially tie the knot today in Ballito in KwaZulu-Natal.
The long-term lovers and parents-to-be will commandeer a luxury hotel this morning as they seal their love for each other in a traditional wedding.
Even though details of the wedding will be revealed as part of a wedding special on the subscription video-on-demand channel, City Press can reveal today that the wedding will be a star-studded affair.
A source close to the couple revealed that the pair sold their wedding rights to Showmax for an impressive sum.
“They will not come out to say much about their wedding because it is going to be on Showmax,” said the source.
“They also had to postpone the wedding due to Covid-19 last year, so this year it has to happen before the baby is here because Babes Wodumo is from a religious family and a baby out of wedlock is a no.”
They are not the first local celebrity couple to sell their wedding rights.
Somizi Mhlongo Motaung and his estranged husband Mohale Motaung Mhlongo and media personality Minnie Dlamini-Jones and her husband Quinton also scored lucrative deals to showcase their nuptials.
City Press has learnt that gqom music godfather and Afrotainment boss Mthokozisi “DJ Tira” Khathi has been assigned best man duties. Actor, musician and voice-over artist Sandile Makhoba will be one of the groomsmen, alongside Mampintsha’s group mate Mzi “Danger” Tshomela and Durban-based lyricist Bar.
Mampintsha proposed to Babes in October before lobola was paid in full to the Simelane family.
While this will be the couple’s traditional ceremony, a white wedding is on the cards later this year after they welcome their first child.
Babes Wodumo’s sister Nondumiso Simelane confirmed that the wedding will take place today.
“They are getting married on Sunday,” Simelane said.
In 2018, Mampintsha and Babes Wodumo’s relationship made headlines after allegations of abuse were levelled against the West-Ink Entertainment boss.
This came during her explosive interview on Metro FM when the hitmaker revealed that her boyfriend had physically abused her.
A video of the alleged incident later went viral on social media.
However, the couple has been inseparable since. Recently, Babes Wodumo reaffirmed to her fans the love she has for her groom on popular podcaster MacG’s show.
“He is a fine man who is loving, unlike these younger guys who just want to sleep with you and dump you afterwards. I’m fine with my chubby guy. If he squashes me, it’s okay,” Babes told Macgyver Mukwevho.