Moonchild Sanelly on being featured on the FIFA 22 soundtrack – 'I keep pinching myself'

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Moonchild tells Drum about her latest achievement.
Moonchild tells Drum about her latest achievement.
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She’s flying the Mzansi flag high. From touring the UK to featuring in Beyonce’s hit album, Black is King, Moonchild Sanelly does not seem to be slowing down.

For her, success is not only about fame and fortune, it’s about never living in poverty again.

“I do not want to go back to PE, to the poverty and the people who said, ‘We will see you when the money is finished’ – as if this is lottery money,” she tells Drum.

“I have kids and andilali (I don’t sleep) because I want them to have better than I did. I want them to have everything they want.  I cannot go back to where I used to be. Today we celebrate this win, and tomorrow it's back to the grind,” she explains.

And her most recent win is being featured in the FIFA 22 soundtrack.

The official soundtrack features 122 songs by artists from 27 countries. These include artists such as Swedish House Mafia, Ty Dolla $Ign, Little Simz and Denzel Curry.

The project has been in the works for a while, she says, and now the cat is out the bag.

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“I am so excited. We had been working on this for months and a few weeks ago I was in PE for my sister’s funeral and I got the news.

“At the time I did not get as excited as I did when the announcement was made yesterday. I am very happy,” she says.

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She has various teams that work to promote her music and make deals in different parts of the world and that is how this deal was concluded.

“I do not know the exact details of who approached who, but I am very excited that it is happening. I do not always celebrate my victories and it was not until someone very close to me pointed out how big of a deal this is.

"I keep pinching myself. I recently had a conversation with someone about how we do not always celebrate our victories because we want to be seen as humble, but I am teaching myself to celebrate myself because I work really hard,” she says.


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