Babes hits ‘Mercedes’ critics


Babes Wodumo

Babes Wodumo this week Picture: Thuli Dlamini, The Times

Babes Wodumo has again shot down speculation around her song Mercedes‚ insisting that it is not about drugs.

TshisaLIVE earlier reported the SABC had “banned” her song after concerns it promoted drug use.
The SABC has denied this‚ explaining that no song is banned at the public broadcaster.

“It goes through a selection process and individual radio stations either reject it or it is playlisted. There are numerous reasons a song can be rejected. I don’t know if this song has been rejected as that is a matter for the stations‚” said the SABC’s Kaizer Kganyago.

Speaking to Sowetan‚ Babes reiterated the song is about a car and not drugs.

“I’m talking about a car that I want to buy for my father. I didn’t know that there’s a drug called Mercedes.”

Watch her explain it in her own words:

“I’m talking about a car that I want to buy for my father. Since I was young my father liked Mercedes. Even now. When it comes to music‚ many artists fight and since I have arrived other female artists give me an attitude.

“When I greet them they say ‘yaah’ Music shouldn’t make us fight. I didn’t know that there’s a drug called Mercedes and music. So people thought the song was about the drugs and the song is about me.”

Earlier this month Babes’ team told TshisaLIVE that the song was certainly not about drugs.

“There is 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 her manager Victor Dlokolo.

“People love to celebrate and pay attention to negativity‚ and give it hype. Babes is just sitting on top of her dream car singing her song‚ but now people are saying she is promoting drugs‚” he added.

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