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Moonchild Sanelly Slams South African Radios for Pulling New Single 'Askies' Off Air.

Moonchild Sanelly Slams South African Radio Stations for Pulling New Single 'Askies​'

'You're taking down a song that makes every woman, whatever their size, feel confident,' says Moonchild Sanelly to South African radio stations.

Recently, Moonchild Sanelly joined forces with amapiano duo JazziDisciples, FakeLove and Mr JazziQ on the new single titled "Askies" (which translates to "sorry"). The song has been pulled from the air waves by several South African radio stations for reportedly being "too explicit" in its lyrical content. Moonchild Sanelly has shot back at radio stations and criticised the double standards they often hold when it comes to the representation of women in music.


In the song, Moonchild Sanelly raps about thunder-thighs, voluptuous breasts and big asses––features she says she wants women, young and old, to be able to embrace without shame. Since the track dropped, women have taken to social media to post videos of themselves dancing to the song in what is fast becoming a body-positive movement flying under the banner of #thunderthighschallenge.

Taking to Instagram, Moonchild Sanelly says, "How many women are objectified by men in songs and you play them on radio?" She continues saying, "How many international songs that you play that don't celebrate women but talk about women being objectified by rappers. How many? And now you're taking down a song that makes every woman, whatever their size, feel confident?"

The South African artist goes on to add that, "This is a song that makes our kids confident. This is the song that makes the mothers confident."

We're certainly behind any music that uplifts women in their glorious diversity.

Watch the full video of Moonchild Sanelly speaking below:


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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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