Joyous Celebration turns 16

Joyous Celebration turns 16

South African gospel choir Joyous Celebration will record their 16th album at Carnival City on 15 December 2011.

Co-founding member Lindelani Mkhize said: "Just before everyone drives out of Johannesburg to their various holiday destinations, we felt that this would be a better way to get them into the festive season singing songs of praise with us just for one last time this year."

Mkhize said the recording would feature new members selected from auditions held around the country last year.

"For Joyous 16, we shift the focus to the literal meaning of ‘joyous celebration. We want to rejoice and revel through music. The sound is going to be more light-hearted with a lot of sing-alongs and ensembles within the big group," he added.

The band recently wrapped up their 2011 tour with a well-received concert at the Ayoba Festival at Montecasino.

Mkhize has had a good year - earlier this month he was awarded a Life Achievement Award for his contribution to the gospel music industry. He has been cultivating talent since the inception of Joyous Celebration in 1994.

"This show will have some old members who left to develop their solo careers sing with us as guest artists. The focus is not on these individuals, but on the music that has kept Joyous Celebration alive from day one," he explained.

Tickets to the concert are priced between R150.00 and R300.00 and can be booked via Computicket or any Shoprite/Checkers outlet.

Date Posted : 24 Nov 2011