Moonchild Sanelly drops her first project since sealing an international Record deal with Transgressive Records. South Africa’s “Queen of Gqom” released her new EP titled ‘Nudes’ on Friday 11th September. “The whole EP is about liberation. I have a range of fun experimental sounds mixed with day to day [or night to night] – concepts and stories associated with my mission of liberation” says Moonchild.
Originally signed under Gallo Record Company, Moonchild Sanelly made an announcement back in June that her and Gallo records have entered into a partnership with Transgressive Records. Her loud, crazy, unapologetic and electrifying Gqom sound is what attracted an international record deal, the ‘Nudes’ EP offers all of that and more. A superstar with a flow so unique it’s earned her recent collaborations with Beyoncé, Die Antwoord, Gorillaz, Diplo and Wizkid.
EP is set to position her as one of the year’s greatest breakout artists, with her electrifying music and unique style ready to take on a global audience. The EP features empowering anthem ‘Thunda Thighs’, which arrived alongside clips of the song’s TikTok challenge. The EP also features singles ‘Where De Dee Kat’ and ‘Bashiri’. Nüdes is packed with Moonchild’s quintessential infectious energy and sure to keep you dancing for the entire EP.
“Nüdes is a celebration of sharing the best parts of our curves and corners with someone we trust, and exploring how this can turn into a nightmare if the person you trusted chooses to exploit it. People who were just doing something secretive and fun are unaware that at some stage those moments can be used against them & leaked without their consent – as explored in ‘Newtown Chips’.”
The project follows the announcement of her feature on the Gorillaz upcoming album ‘Strange Timez’ for the track ‘With Love to an Ex’, as well as her feature in Beyoncé‘s Black Is King visual album for the song ‘MY POWER’. Fearless, inclusive and a lot of fun, Moonchild Sanelly is only just getting started. Her iconic personal style combined with an outspoken approach to female sexual empowerment has won her the hearts of many fans across the globe, especially in Africa.
We caught up with Moonchild Sanelly on Kas’lam TV’s IG Live to chat more about her journey and what the EP ‘Nudes’ represents. She also shared that she’s already working on a full-length album to follow up nudes, which in features will have 40% local Artists and 60% International Artists. One of the Highlight features on the up-coming album is a song with the legendary Simphiwe Dana.
Watch the Full interview below
“Nüdes is a record of self-empowerment. In ‘Bashiri‘ – a playfully written song about a woman who takes her cheating husband to a pastor to rid him of the ‘evil spirits’ that are causing his behaviour… The ridiculousness of this concept led me to suggest changing the narrative of finding solutions outside of yourself. Only YOU have the power to make you happy.”
“Other tracks, including ‘Thunda Thighs‘, are a fun-loving educational party of sexual expressiveness. I want to have every woman knowing every bit of their existence is worthy of being loved and valued. Knowing that you are that bitch. Owning it and saying it unapologetically.”