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Moonchild Sanelly | Phases


Moonchild Sanelly | Phases




Gatefold black double vinyl

Moonchild Sanelly - real name Sanelisiwe Twisha - announces a vinyl edition of her long-awaited second album. The trailblazing South African musician signed to Transgressive Records in 2020, kicking off with diverse mini-LP ‘Nüdes’. She returned to the international label with her genre-crossing second album, ‘Phases’.

Forming a sonic foundation that veers between Amapiano, Gqom, grime, pop, house and R&B, while showcasing her vocal talents on more downtempo songs, ‘Phases’’ 19-tracks document the varying chapters of a toxic relationship and subsequent freedom. A double album, the first side is a journey through the relationship with production reflecting those different moods and aspects of her personality; the second side, meanwhile, leads into a clubbier Amapiano space. 

Collaboration has always been core to Moonchild’s alternate world. Since her 2015-released award-winning first album ‘Rabulpha!’ put her on the global map, she has collaborated with local favourites Maphorisa, Sho Madjozi and Thandiswa Mazwai. In the years that followed, she caught the attention of a host of international superstars, leading to high-profile collaborations with artists including Wizkid, Beyonce (featuring on ‘MY POWER’) and Gorillaz (on ‘With Love To An Ex’).

‘Phases’ is a highly collaborative record too, with production and guest features from Sad Night Dynamite (their track ‘Demon’ is already a huge hit), Wesley Joseph, Xavier Thomas (Débruit), TOKiMONSTA, HOLLY and Aramboa.

The album’s title takes on a multitude of meanings: via the range of genres covered across its runtime, the different sounds and styles that it encompasses and the personal journey that Sanelisiwe Twisha has taken to get to this point. But, for Moonchild Sanelly, it’s more literal than that: “I think that, with this album, I’ve managed to piece all the different parts of me together, because I’m known for different things in different parts of the world. I think you get to know me better with Phases - all the different sides of me.”


Demon (Moonchild Sanelly
and Sad Night Dynamite)
Cute (Ft. Trillary Banks)
April Fool’s Day
Strip Club (Ft. Ghetts)
Let It Rip
Over You
Money Tree
Favourite Regret
Too Late
ULi (Ft. Blxckie)
Soyenza (Ft. Sir Trill)
Yebo Teacher (Extended
Jiva Juluka
Bad Bitch Budget
Bird So Bad

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