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Joyous Celebration

A dream was born between three friends more than 20 years ago in KZN, today this dream stands as a colossal monument across the music industry in South Africa. Jabu Hlongwane, Lindelani Mkhize and Mthunzi Namba had met in concerts and church conventions in and around Durban for many years before they toyed with the idea of collaborating. It would take this idea over 8 years before it could materialize. The concept was finally put together in 1994, triggered by the 1994 realize of the great Nelson Mandela from jail and the peaceful elections. “We decided we want to do a show to celebrate the peaceful transition of the country into a democracy. We put together a show and called it Joyous Celebration” says Jabu.

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Joyous (as the concept is affectionately called) records a live CD and DVD during the month of December of each year. An annual tour is then put in place to cover six major cities; Johannesburg, Cape town, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein and Durban and Polokwane.

About Joyous Records

Joyous Records is part of the ever-acclaimed award winning Joyous Celebration. The label was established in 2007 to offer musicians from the bigger Joyous Celebration family the opportunity to record their solo albums. This platform has proven to be an effective “in-house” vehicle for the vast pool of talent that is found in Joyous Celebration to launch themselves into the music industry.

Sabatha Masoka was the first artist to be released by the label with an album entitled “Umqamlezo” in 2007.The second artist to be signed by the label was Nobathembu Mabheka with her album ‘Khangelani’. She later released her second album called to much acclaim and helped to establish her as a Gospel powerhouse.

Joyous Celebration behind the scene

In 2009 Joyous Records offered music lovers an exciting and refreshing new group called “Dominion”. This 8 member (all from Joyous Celebration) has redefined the contemporarily Gospel space with their funky and cutting edge rendition of gospel that has gained much appeal more to younger audience without leaving the older audiences out.

Their 1st album ‘I’ll Run to Him’ was nominated for ‘Best Contemporary Album” and won, ‘BEST MUSIC VIDEO” at the “Crown Awards”, the Premier South African Gospel Music Award.

Their 2nd album, UJehova Ukhona’ was recorded live and will be released with a DVD at the end of September 2012.Joyous Celebration perfoming in Durban

The end of September 2012 will see yet another Joyous Record release in the name of Patrick Duncan. His first release with Joyous Records a year ago was called, ‘Worship In Color’ .It won the category of ‘Best Contemporary Album’, in 2010 South AFRICAN Music Awards (SAMA’s) and also won the ‘Artist of The Year Southern Africa’ from AGMA (a London based African Gospel Music Award event).

The latest addition to the Joyous Records Family is Brenda Mtambo. His soon to be released album “inspired” is definitely going to find a comfortable place in the hearts of music lovers not only in South Africa but worldwide. This is not a Gospel album. She therefore is the first non-Gospel artist from the Joyous Records label. Although she comes from the bigger Joyous Celebration family and is one of the most experienced singers, she has proven to be a songwriter and performer that transcend genres. Having had her tenure at the Joyous stage, spanning more than 5 years, Brenda’s album will display the vast musical knowledge she has gained.

Joyous records boast in house songwriters and producers who also are involved in the bigger Joyous Celebration Productions. Under the watchful eyes of the three Founders and directors of the Joyous brand, Joyous Records is positioned as a Gospel Music powerhouse and is destined to play a big role in shaping the musical landscape not only of South Africa but of the whole world.

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Track List

1. Give You All The Glory (Choir)

2. Jesus The Son Of God (Patrick Duncan, Edward Obita)

3. Ngiyalilonda (Ntombizodwa Mahlangu )

4. Yekubuhle (Xolani Mdlalose)

5. Asikho Isikhali (Xolani Mdlalose)

6. Holy Holy (Melusi Ndimande)

7. I Was Glad (Mthunzi Namba)

8. Ngimi Lapha (Mthunzi Namba)

9. In The Name Of Jesus (Mthunzi Namba)

10. In The Presence Of The Lord (Ntokozo Mbambo)

11. Spring In (Charisma Henekam)

12. Biggie Godo (Uche Agu)

13. Hula Wazi (Nobathembu Mabeka)

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Track List

Disk 1

1. Mandilive: Bukiwe Twani

2. Awesome Presence

3. Bonang Ho Hlahile Maru

4. Namhla Nkosi

5. Hy Is Heilig

6. Psalm 8

7. He Paid It All

8. Holy

9. Igama LeNkosi

10. O Lord How Much I Love You

11. Come Holy

12. Let It Overflow

Disk 2

1. Sakhiwe

2. O Lefika Laka

3. Ngibambe Ngesandla

4. Uyalalela Umoya

5. Greatful

6. Ophuzayo

7. Inkosi Yami Le

8. He Loves Me

9. Wongingcina Ngci

10. Izwa Imithandazo

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1. In The Shadow

2. Amen

3. Jesu Ke Mmoloki

4. Great Is Your Name

5. Nkosi Yami

6. Bayede

7. Zawa Indonga

8. Morena

9. Vuso Wakho

10. Ngizokubulela

11. The Lord Will

12. Joyous Celebration

13. Zingelosi

14. Roma Nna

15. Ndicela Ntonye (Interlude)

16. Zwonaka

17. I’ll Go

18. I’ll Be There

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Track List

1. Eoza Mkhululi

2. I Can Do All Things

3. Lift Him Up

4. Phindu’Khulume

5. Walk In Jerusalem

6. Iyeza

7. You Raise Me Up

8. Kok’okwami

9. Scathamiya Medley

10. Bless Your Name

11. Sefefo

12. Thula Du

13. Mercy Seat

14. It Will Come To

15. Love Lifted Me

16. Thama Dzinwe

17. My Blessing

18. My Help

19. Hlonolofatsa

20. Wanyamalala

21. Kumnandi

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1. Holy Spirit

2. Ngcwele (Hosana)

3. Your Grace

4. Hiding Place

5. Kasoze

6. Ndaza

7. Beaulah Land

8. What A Mighty God

9. Uthando LikaBaba

10. Tshina Tshina

11. Utevhela Jesu

12. Eloyi

13. Sebakanyana

14. Uyinkosi yeZulu

15. Get Up

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Track List            

1. Lungisa Indaba Yakho / One Love

2. Ke Jesu (Konyana Ya Modimo)

3. Wanga Morena

4. Ubuhle BeZulu

5. Ubukhosi

6. Esandleni

7. Ke Sehlabelo Sa Ka

8. Umlilo KaJesu

9. Azaziwa Khona

10. Mbonge Jesu

11. Magnificent

12. We Magnify Your Name

13. Jesus: The Mention Of Your Name

14. Everything I Do

15. When You Need Love

16. Onward Christian Soldier

17. Lord We Praise / Bayede


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1. Intro

2. Ngemboze

3. Yimi Lo

4. Bless The Lord

5. Ke Na Le Modisa

6. Praise Chant

7. Wanyamalala

8. There’s A Liftin’ Of The Hands

9. We Magnify Your Name

10. I’ll Fly Away

11. Laphe Ngiholele Khona

12. Through It All

13. To God Be The Glory

14. If You Think God Is Dead

15. Sizowanyathela

16. Liphumile Ilanga

17. Come Holy Spirit

18. No One Like You

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1. I See The Lord

2. Woza Meli Wami

3. Praise Him While You Can

4. Lift Him Up

5. Kanye Nawe

6. Jesu Joy

7. Makabongwe

8. Vuma

9. Under The Blood

10. Holy Holy

11. My Soul Loves Only The Lord/ H

12. Ayikh’indlela

13. Ngiyekeleni

14. Ngiyathokoza

15. Esiphambanweni

16. Thank You

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1. Ziyosulwa

2. Bawo Ndixolele

3. Ndikhokhele

4. Ke Mohlolo

5. I Will Sing Praises

6. Joko Ya Hao

7. O! Come Emmanuel

8. Joy Divine

9. I’ve Got Something

10. Our Father

11. Let Not Your Heart

12. Woza Moya

13. Sangena

14. Elethu Basha

15. I’m Just A Nobody

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1. Keep The Faith

2. Izethembiso

3. Phind’ukhulume

4. His Spirit Is Here

5. Holy Ground

6. My Deliverer

7. My Help

8. Emmanuel

9. Sabela

10. Ngimi Lapho

11. Intethelelo

12. Because He Lives

13. Holy! Holy!

14. Ujesu Wami

15. Nguwe

16. Ongiholayo

17. Awe! Sathane

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1. Thixo Bawo (Opening Song)

2. Siliwelile

3. I Love You

4. Entabeni Ekude (Walk In Jerusalem)

5. Margaret Worship

6. Lord I Can Feel

7. Glory! Nothing But The Blood

8. Noh! Noh! Sebehlala Bejabula

9. Blessed Assurance

10. Glory Interlude

11. Change (Change Has Come)

12. Organ Worship

13. Somlandela

14. Hamba Vangeli

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1. Overture

2. Total Praise

3. Uthando Olungaka

4. Bonga (Ukuhlabelela)

5. Uthando Iwam

6. He Brought Me This Far

7. Lenjabulo

8. I’m Just A Nobody

9. Heaven Medley

10. I Wanna Be Perfect

11. Uthando Lukababa

12. I Know The Lord

13. What A Friend

14. Glory Medley

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1. Leaning (Bambelele Ekuphileni)

2. It Is Well (Everything Is Just

3. Joko Ea Hao

4. Ngokulandele Msindisi

5. Umangisuka Kulomhlaba

6. Amazing Grace

7. Ke Mohlolohlolo

8. The Rehearsal Medley

9. Entabeni Ekude

10. I Need Thee

11. Oa Halalela

12. Ngaphesheya

13. Holy City (Glory To God)




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