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You Need to Listen to Moonchild Sanelly's New EP, 'Nüdes'

The buzzing South African singer breaks down her provocative & empowering new 4-song EP.

South Africa's Moonchild Sanelly returns with the Nüdes EP.

The highly-buzzing SA artist's latest project sees her expanding on her own brand of 'electro-pop-ghetto-funk' as she runs through four standout tracks that revolve around her outspoken stance on female sexual empowerment and more.

Nüdes features two previously heard hits from Moonchild Sanelly—the anti-fuck boy synth anthem "F-Boyz" and gqom-laced banger "Weh Mameh." It also includes two previously unreleased tracks in "Come Correct" and "Boys & Girls."

This year saw Moonchild Sanelly break charts and dance floors in South Africa and across the globe with her own sounds, as well as her big collaborations with Damon Albarn for Africa Express and Beyoncé's Lion King: The Gift album.

We talked to Moonchild below about the new EP, during which she broke down all of the songs and even told us how she ended up on the Beyoncé album.

Read our conversation below.

Why did you choose the EP title Nüdes?

Nüdes is a very empowering EP, and the reason I chose the title is because I'm known for being provocative, being open about sexuality, and liberating women about their vaginas and their sex life and all that jazz. It just made sense to me, cause I'm generally half naked, and I'm proud, and I'm pro women's empowerment. That's just a fitting title, it's like oh cool 'what thong is she wearing now' or whatever.

What inspired the track "F-Boyz"?

"F-boyz" was inspired by a situation I had with an ex. [I wrote it] to warn everyone about the types of guys... the real life fuck boyz—the ones that come sweet, who come with cars they don't own and take you to homes they don't own, cause they're just estate agents, the lying ones that are trash. It was inspired by exes, different boys you meet, different stories put together about different f-boyz.

Moonchild Sanelly. Image courtesy of the artist.

What About "Weh Mameh"?

"Weh Mameh" is beautiful because its me bossing myself up to a boy "Look I'm the bomb, I rock, I hope you're gonna lick my plate clean. I hope you're going to fuck me 'till kingdom come, I hope you're gonna come through with the goodies, because like 'Oh My God,'" which is exactly what weh mameh means. I'm hot, I'm popping—all you need to do is your job and get the fuck out.

Where did you record these songs? Walk us through the process of making this EP.

I recorded these songs in South Africa. I was just working on different projects, and most [of these] songs weren't recorded at the same time.The songs were originally from different projects, some were recorded at Red Bull Studios, some elsewhere. I worked with Patty Monroe and I felt that this collection of songs worked well for the EP's theme of sexual liberation.

People haven't heard "Come Correct" and "Boys & Girls" yet. What can you tell them about those unreleased tracks in this EP?

"Come Correct" is a nice chilled track. Its about going on a date and the guy doesn't have money and is sloppy. He comes late and... doesn't have the money to afford the things I want on the date. "Next time you need to come correct or don't come at all"—you might as well drink water while I eat lobster. You took me on a date and you didn't come correct so don't come at all next time because I won't spare you.

Moonchild Sanelly. Image courtesy of the artist.

"Boys and Girls" is awesome because it's about sexual fluidity. "I love boys, I nibble girls now and then," which will change throughout the song to I love girls, I nibble on boys now and then. Which is currently where I'm at in my situation, now. Being able to choose who you want to be with and what you want to be, who you are, what you are, and knowing that love is love, and you're allowed to just get it popping.

You were featured in the Beyoncé's Lion King: The Gift album this year. How did that come about?

That was a crazy one. We were in South Africa for Global Citizen, when Beyoncé & Jay-Z were also playing in Jozi. I was playing a club launch that I was invited to by my friend Kweku (Mandela). After my performance I met Bey's team and Kwesi (one of the team) was looking for people in SA who were really killing it… Then, I was working with Diplo in LA when Beyoncé's team called, and I just started sending music. I didn't know what it was for but I knew it was for the Queen. Hearing the music out there and seeing myself in the Making the Gift doc was just unreal.

Nüdes is available now.


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