More drama surrounds Babes Wodumo's single, "Mercedes Benz" after it was rumoured that the SABC had banned her song from being played on air.
This week the SABC clarified that Babes Wodumo's song "Mercedes Benz" which is said to be promoting a certain street drug with the same name, was not banned but may have been rejected by individual radio stations.
Babes Wodumo's team has since sent out a press statement, stating that the song is not about a drug.
The statement read:
"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 stakeholders to lend their support to our cause.
Thank you in advance for your continued support and co-operation." - West Ink
Well there you have it folks, the song is literally about the car so can we please let this girl be and let her flourish after all she has some fully booked gigs she needs to attend to. Which means she's moving closer and closer to purchasing that Mercedes-Benz.
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