MU­SIC­MAK­ING MOON­CHILD

FROM EX­HI­BI­TIONS, A TOUR, A CLOTH­ING COL­LEC­TION AND AN IN­VI­TA­TION TO THE SXSW FES­TI­VAL IN TEXAS, THE ONLY WAY MOON­CHILD SANELLY IS GO­ING IS UP

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - AGENDA - @Moon­child_SA

MC: What does your de­but al­bum mean to you? It rep­re­sents a jour­ney – it took nine years for me to get recog­ni­tion, play­ing with my sound to even­tu­ally get peo­ple to no­tice and want to sign me. It’s also about what I talk about, like so­cial ills, but I write about them metaphor­i­cally.

MC: What does the al­bum ti­tle mean? If you read the ti­tle – Rab­u­lapha! – in­cor­rectly in Xhosa, it means ‘Rabubi isn’t here’ – it isn’t on the CD. But if you read it cor­rectly, it means ‘sip this’ – a sip of knowl­edge. So whether you read the ti­tle cor­rectly or in­cor­rectly, it’s still sig­nif­i­cant to the al­bum.

MC: So your mis­sion with this al­bum is to ed­u­cate but in a fun way? Yes, be­cause I don’t want to go to a club and bore peo­ple, I want to dance. But I also want to raise so­cial aware­ness and make peo­ple aware of what is hap­pen­ing in the world and not hide from it. While it may not change the world, I hope it changes lives.

MC: What is your dream? To teach. Ev­ery­thing I do is about teach­ing, through fash­ion and mu­sic. I’d also like to work with a mu­sic ther­a­pist to help peo­ple talk about their is­sues through mu­sic; that would be great. With my fash­ion ca­reer, I want to have a school that teaches the ba­sics of sewing so the pupils know if they are ever un­em­ployed, the power is in their hands, lit­er­ally.

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