Moonchild Sanelly is a South African musician songwriter, performer, model, fashionista and dancer. She is known for her signature blue-coloured hair and her self-created music genre called “Future ghetto punk. Here are a few more details you didn’t know about Moonchild Sanelly.
Her real name is Sanelisiwe Twisha. Moonchild was born on the 20th of November and grew up in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Her birth year is not really known.
In 2018, Moonchild announced that she was going to be celebrating her birthday stark naked. She even wanted the invitees to wear nothing, but their birthday suits. Security and privacy were also guaranteed at the event.
Moonchild was born into a musical family. Her mother was a jazz singer, her brother being a hip hop producer, and her cousins kwaito dancers. The musician is also a mother to three daughters who she sees occasionally as they are based in Port Elizabeth with their father’s grandmother. One of her daughters, Artemis, is a nine-year-old musician who is said to have finished recording her EP.
She went to the Linea Fashion Design Academy in Durban where she pursued fashion in 2005 and has admitted to once wanting to be a Psychologist. From this, Moonchild even has her own fashion line.
So how did it all kick off for Moonchild? Who is the lady behind the ‘Future Ghetto punk’ sound which she coined in 2007?
Her music is a blend of hip-hop, afro-punk, kwaito, experimental electronic and edgy pop. Moonchild is from the Xhosa tribe and she also uses Xhosa in her songs.
Moonchild found her love for the spotlight when she was only six months old and today she has her music being listened to all over the world. In 2006, Sanelly started performing in shows at Durban University of Technology with a key focus on poetry and hip hop. However, at the time Moonchild did not identify herself as a poet up until she saw the reaction from the fans.
Her next big break was with her EP where she had been featured on by DJ Shimza. This had Red Bull recognise her talent and passion and she’s gone as far as performing at the Red Bull Music Festival.
In 2018, Moonchild Sanelly got to perform at the Sound Festival Primavera in Spain which was a big milestone in her career. When she returned she got offered the chance to open for Die Antwood in a European Tour. She got to do the European tour for a month in 2018. Moonchild Sanelly has also performed at the Shoko Festival in Zimbabwe and Coachella in 2019.
She has two official albums; Rabulapha produced in 2015, and Gqom Wave that was a collaboration of many various artists. It was a song in the latter,
Midnight Starring and Makhe, that elevated her to international star status. We can’t forget her when we saw her on one of the greatest hits, ‘iWalk Ye Phara’ which sent waves all over Mzansi’s partying scenes.
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