We recently had a chat with the South African superstar Moonchild Sanelly – real name Sanelisiwe Twisha at a private pool party she hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Determinedly doing things her own way and standing up for what she believes in – without ever compromising – has long been ingrained in the psyche of trailblazing South African musician Moonchild Sanelly, whose drive to succeed has been fuelled by personal pain and trauma.
Growing up in Port Elizabeth with a hip-hop producer brother and a mum who would put her onstage from a young age to compete in dance competitions, Sanelisiwe Twisha’s music- filled childhood was full of creativity.
Whether it was self-choreographing dance routines to Spice Girls tracks, teaching herself to play the piano, singing at church with her family, or starting to write poetry, expression and being artistically free was always encouraged.
She found a global audience that gravitated towards her and began spreading her ethos to other women and Black women around the world, later performing at festivals such as SXSW in Austin, Texas and Primavera Sound in Barcelona.