Moonchild Sanelly was born in Port Elizabeth, but she soon gravitated towards the Johannesburg music scene. She comes from a musical family – her brother is a hip hop producer and her mother ran a jazz club. Both genres have during her career, but she has reached a point where her music defies any description but her own. She has called it both “future ghetto punk” and “ghetto funk”: A mix between music, fashion, dance and poetry, performed in both english and xhosa. Her music is eclectic and colourful, but her subject matter is often stark. She sings about everything from an inefficient justice system and domestic abuse to unprotected sex and eating disorders. “I want to get to a point where every woman finds what their personal sexy is and is unapologetic”, she stated in one interview. “I want women to be vocal. I want to help reinstall that confidence of being a woman through my music and fashion.” This summer she will be supporting Die Antwoord on their European tour, before heading to Oslo World and Mzansi Pride at Røverstaden in November.
The concert with Moonchild Sanelly is a part of Mzansi Pride – an evening with artists from the queer South African music scene. The other artist performing at Mzansi Pride are: Nakhane, Moonchild Sanelly and the DJ-duo Jozi Nights.