Maasatimbala Sanefer Miling Holly
Born: October 9, 2003 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Maasatimbala Sanefer Miling is an actress, singer and member of the vocal group Holly Girlz. She was born on October 9, 2003 in Washington, D.C. to parents, Obi and Carla Holly. Also known as “Chocolate City”, Washington, D.C. proved itself culturally nurturing; being raised amongst a rich backdrop of traditional African religion, Pan-African community and a wealth of artists and educators city-wide.
As a toddler, she earned the nickname “Baby Buttons”, because at her artist/producer parent’s studio recording sessions, she would amble over to the engineer’s desk and change the settings. Ironically, her suggestions were pretty good and earned her a chair where she could literally be “in the mix”. Once very shy as a child, upon entering pre-k her teacher once assumed that she spoke so little in class because she couldn’t speak English. That assessment was soon proven to be wrong.
Sanefer’s first brush with acting came at the tender age of three in a school-wide musical ”Fantastic Voyage”, where she was cast as a “Sunflower”. She performed in the chorus in the Latin American History Fair and Winter Concert, and danced in a Spring Festival. She has also performed in a theatrical presentation, “Umoja: A Kwanzaa Celebration” and in a “March On Washington 50th Anniversary Celebration”.
At just 6 , she co-hosted the “Ari & Sanefer Show” for the Colors Network alongside her sister Ariana Shring.
In the fall of 2011, her parents relocated the family to Los Angeles, CA to provide their daughters the element to pursue the girls’ dreams of career success in entertainment. Sanefer and sister Ariana joined the Holly Girlz group in 2011, following in the footsteps of their sisters Amsara Sekhita Mai and Taia Maati Khum, whom formed the group in 2009.
In 2013, they developed a following by creating a Holly Girlz YouTube channel doing covers of the most famous contemporary and classic songs of the time, including Bruno Mars' “Locked Out Of Heaven”, “We AreYoung” by Fun and “Don’t Mess With Bill” by The Marvelettes, which featured Sanefer. She also developed the character “Coco” for “The 70s Club”, a YouTube comedy she created with her sister Ariana Shring.
While her sisters previously released the first Holly Girlz single “Like Yeah” before Ariana and Sanefer joined the group, the Holly Girlz (now a quartet) released their second single "Wind It Up Like (Chuck Brown)" in 2013. An ode to the (late) acclaimed jazz and funk musician Chuck Brown, the “Godfather of Go-go”, it received accolades for its infusion of D.C’s go-go music sound. They also launched their Holly Girlz website in 2013 – to further expand the Holly Girlz brand, which features the groups videos and includes the Holly Girlz fashion blog "SoHG". In the following year, she and her sisters were cast in leading roles in an independent sci- fi film, "Destiny Depot" (2014). She also co-starred in the Black Ice and Sophia Brown "We're Lovers" Reggae music video (2014). Her recent performances include a school production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” (2015) and the Holly Girlz L.A. debut at First Fridays’ (2016).
Her additional interests include cooking vegan meals, creating virtual worlds with the MineCraft gaming app, modeling and fashion design. She is currently working on the first Holly Girlz album with her sisters, while pursuing TV and film projects.
Obi Holly and Amenika Shepsu-t for Colossal, Inc.