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Moonchild Sanelly appears on the upcoming Gorillaz album alongside Kano, Goldlink, ScHoolboy Q and several other artists.

Moonchild Sanelly is Featured on Gorillaz’ Upcoming Album ‘Song Machine Season One: Strange Timez’

Moonchild Sanelly to appear on upcoming Gorillaz album 'Song Machine Season One: Strange Timez'.

South African artist Moonchild Sanelly will appear on Song Machine Season One: Strange Timez, the upcoming album by Gorillaz.

The tracklist, which the popular cartoon band shared Wednesday night, includes the versatile and charismatic South African artist on a song titled "With Love to an Ex". Moonchild Sanelly is in the great company of Kano, Earthgang, ScHoolboy Q, Goldlink, Robert Smith and several others.


Moonchild Sanelly made an appearance during Gorillaz's set at Roskilde Festival in 2018 to perform the song "Out of Body" from the band's 2017 album Humanz.

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Moonchild Sanelly has been international for years. The artist found success abroad before gaining popularity in South Africa circa 2017 when she appeared on hits such as "iWalk Yephara" by DJ Maphorisa.

In 2020 alone, Moonchild has appeared on Beyoncé's Black is King and Ghetts' Mozambique alongside Jaykae. Last year, she appeared on Beyonce's The Lion King: The Gift, a soundtrack to The Lion King movie.

Song Machine started in January as a series of songs by the Gorillaz. Each song released was branded as an episode and featured an interview with the featured artist.

"Song Machine is a whole new way of doing what we do," said Gorillaz drummer Russel in a statement in January. "Gorillaz breaking the mould 'cos the mould got old. World is moving faster than a supercharged particle, so we've gotta stay ready to drop. We don't even know who's stepping through the studio next. Song Machine feeds on the unknown, runs on pure chaos. So whatever the hell's coming, we're primed and ready to produce like there's no tomorrow. Y'know, just in case...."

Now on its sixth episode, the series just got announced as an album Song Machine Season One: Strange Timez. Which is a fitting title for the strange times the world has found itself in. What better way to beat the blues than with the eclectic set of tunes any Gorillaz album always is?

Song Machine Season One: Strange Timez arrives on the 23rd of October.

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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