Uthando Lodumo: review – The Mail & Guardian

Uthando Lodumo, a brand new actuality collection that includes Gqom hit-makers Babes Wodumo and Mampintsha, is enjoyable … however sophisticated. It picks up after Mampintsha’s assault on Babes, which passed off in 2019. The three-part particular, now exhibiting on Showmax, is in regards to the lead-up to the Gqom stars’ marriage ceremony. It opens with an try by Mampintsha to atone for his sins by apologising to Babes’ household (it doesn’t go nicely.)

Mampintsha’s historical past hangs awkwardly within the air all through. However should you love actuality TV, or should you’re only a fan, you’ll benefit from the behind-the-scenes drama. It affords a uncommon glimpse into the pair’s relationship and day-to-day life. Reasonably than revealing the glitz and glam one would anticipate from the Gqom stars, Uthando Lodumo reveals them to be slightly aspirational. 

Babes and Mampintsha usually point out how wealthy they’re, but it surely appears a bit compelled. We see Babes getting her nails executed in a small, run-down salon owned by a buddy.  We see Mampintsha drafting a letter of apology to Babes’ household along with his father and uncle, whereas snacking on Cheese Curls and Doritos.

At one level, Babes buys Mampintsha a pair of Versace sun shades to thank him for proposing to her. However that is clearly an uncommon incidence. Babes pops right into a mall on a whim to buy them earlier than heading again to a membership the place Mampintsha is ingesting tequila, in the course of the day, with two different semi-famous musicians. 

The present is clearly a well-crafted PR train for the pair — an try to drum up some public help for Mampintsha after his abuse — whether or not that’s sufficient for the duo’s album gross sales to get well is a matter that continues to be to be seen. 

However the present is sweet enjoyable. And like every actuality collection, we watch it for the gossip, the drama and for a glance into the lives of the folks we like to envy or hate. On that rating, Uthando Lodumo is a good binge-watch.  — Sarah Evans

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