Moonchild Sanelly Biography & Facts

Moonchild Sanelly Biography & Facts

Moonchild Sanelly is a super cool performer from South Africa who rocks the stage with her awesome energy! She calls her music “future ghetto punk” and she’s all about girl power and embracing positivity about love and yourself. She sings in both Xhosa and English over cool beats that mix house, dance-pop, hip-hop, and dancehall.

Moonchild Sanelly

Birth name Sanelisiwe Twisha
Born 6 January 1985 (age 39)
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Kwaito
  • hip hop
  • dancehall
  • funk
  • electronic
  • R&B[1]
  • soul
  • amapiano
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • dancer
Instrument(s) Vocals
Years active 2006–present

Born Sanelisiwe Twisha in 1987 in Port Elizabeth, she moved to Durban in 2005 to study fashion and even started her own clothing line called Moonchild Cultwear. She’s been performing since 2006, blending poetry with her family’s love for hip-hop, jazz, and kwaito music. You might have heard her on the radio show Poetry with King Siso back in Durban, where she first started getting noticed.

After teaming up with DJ Shimza, Red Bull took notice and helped her perform at some awesome music festivals and sponsored her recordings. Once she moved to Johannesburg, she dropped her first album, “Rabulapha!,” in 2015 and started making waves in the music scene, collaborating with other cool artists like DJ Maphorisa and Missu.

But her big break came when she joined Die Antwoord on tour in Europe in 2018. Then, she hit the big time when she featured on Beyoncé’s soundtrack for “The Lion King: The Gift” in 2019. She’s been on fire ever since, working with Gorillaz, Die Antwoord, Ghetts, Major Lazer, and more!

She even had her own talk show called “The Madness Method” on BET Africa, which was super fun. Moonchild keeps dropping catchy singles like “Yebo Teacher” and “Covivi,” and her second album, “Phases,” came out in 2022, mixing up different South African dance styles with pop influences.

Sanelly is a mother to three daughters. She was a victim of rape twice in her life, with one having been committed by her uncle.

Sanelly is Xhosa and uses Xhosa language in most of her songs.


Studio albums

  • Rabulapha! (2015)
  • Phases (2022)

Moonchild Sanelly is totally inspiring, showing us all how to be true to ourselves and have a blast doing it!

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