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
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.