Moonchild Sanelly is South Africa’s “Queen of Gqom” – a star with a unique flow that has earned her recent collaborations with Beyoncé, Die Antwoord, Gorillaz, Diplo and Wizkid. Now stepping out with Transgressive Records, Moonchild Sanelly is excited to have the global spotlight on her and take her electrifying music and unique style to an International audience.
Today she shares brand new single “Bashiri” – a banger that ribs corrupt preachers who use the church for capital gain. Moonchild Sanelly explains: “Bashiri is a song inspired by a woman’s testimony in a church where the pastor is treated like a god. There’s a culture of monetizing religion, people pay for ‘miracle oil’ that they must have to attend the service and guarantee miracles and the pastor lands at the service in a helicopter to perform his “miracles”. The pastor is treated like God himself despite taking money from his congregation. This song is from the perspective of a Bashiri disciple whose husband left her. In the song, this woman is lamenting her relationship and takes her husband to her pastor, who promises that he can perform a miracle to make her husband faithful. Which is humorous because infidelity is not solved through prayer and tithing.”
Fearless, inclusive and a lot of fun, Moonchild Sanelley is a truly Transgressive artist that is only just getting started. Her iconic personal style combined with an outspoken approach to female sexual empowerment has built her devoted fanbase, celebrated recently with her body-positive #thunderthighschallenge on TikTok. She is “a global superstar waiting to happen” according to Damon Albarn.
On signing to Transgressive she says: “I’m super excited to finally find a label that ‘gets it’ and is ready to fly my message across the world. It’s about to get Globally LIT. I’m excited AF.”
Transgressive on signing Moonchild Sanelly: “Uncompromising, groundbreaking and immediately distinctive, as soon as you’ve encountered Moonchild, you won’t forget it. Easily one of the most intoxicating voices, writers, performers and spokespersons we’ve ever had the pleasure of welcoming to the Transgressive family. It’s gonna be a trip.”