Wololo hits 2m views, re­moved from YouTube

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment -

JUST when many thought Babes Wo­dumo’s star could not rise any fur­ther, she has gone on to un­lock a new level in the South African mu­sic scene.

In just over three months, the singer and dancer man­aged to reach 2.3 mil­lion YouTube views on the mu­sic video of her hit track Wololo, mak­ing his­tory as the first artiste to do so in the lo­cal mu­sic in­dus­try.

Fol­low­ing hot on the heels of Babes are Joy­ous Cel­e­bra­tion and Nathi, who each boast 1.9 mil­lion and 1.4 mil­lion YouTube views for Hal­leluya Nkateko and Nomvula re­spec­tively.

Speak­ing to Sowe­tan LIVE, an ex­cited Babes said she was grate­ful for the mam­moth sup­port from her fans.

“I’m grate­ful for the over­whelm­ing sup­port. Can’t wait to drop the al­bum in Oc­to­ber, be­cause peo­ple are wait­ing for it and I can’t wait to see all my sup­port­ers at my shows,” she said.

Her man­ager, Vic­tor Dlokolo, added: “We’re cel­e­brat­ing. It’s a mile­stone she achieved in such a short space of time. It shows how peo­ple are in­ter­ested in the brand.

“Af­ter a long time, South Africans have an au­then­ti­cally lo­cal tal­ent they can cel­e­brate.”

While fans weren’t hes­i­tant to wel­come Wololo upon its re­lease, that was hardly the case for Babes’ sec­ond sin­gle Mercedes, which was crit­i­cised for mak­ing ref­er­ence to a “killer drug” be­ing used in KZN.

How­ever, speak­ing to TshisaLIVE re­cently, Babes’ camp slammed the ac­cu­sa­tions la­belling it as rub­bish. Babes’ man­ager ex­plained that the songstress named the song Mercedes as it’s her “dream car”.

“There’s not a sin­gle lyric about al­co­hol and drugs in her sin­gle Mercedes. A Mercedes Benz is Babes’ dream car which she wants to buy for her fa­ther and this is what she refers to in the song,” ex­plained Vic­tor.

But in an un­ex­pected twist of events, Wololo has been re­moved from YouTube due to a copy­right claim by Mausay Me­dia.

When con­tacted for a com­ment, Cobus Burger, Mausay Me­dia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor ex­plained that the copy­right claim was against the ti­tle.

Mausay Records re­leased the video for Wololo by Wy­zle — pro­duced by Bemshima — in De­cem­ber 2015. Af­ter failed at­tempts to con­tact West Ink Records, the Me­dia House no­ti­fied YouTube.

“We then raised the with YouTube, who af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tion, hon­oured copy­right claim.”

Mausay Me­dia spe­cialises in the mu­sic en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try as a Record La­bel and Pub­lisher. — On­line is­sue an our

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