‘Amazing’ fans blessing for Joyous Celebration

Neo Bodumela

AWARD-winning gospel group Joyous Celebration will be in Nelson Mandela Bay next month as part of their nationwide Grateful tour.

The group will be in Port Elizabeth on August 2 and 3 for a two-day concert at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Missionvale Campus.

The group, formed more than 20 years ago, have produced 16 gospel albums and collected several national awards in the process.

Nelson Mandela Bay’s Sylvester Funani, who is part of the gospel music ensemble, said fans could look forward to an improved performance from their last concerts.

“Every single time we have a concert we try to take the performance to the next level,” he said.

“There will be a few surprises in store for the audience.

“All the singers from Port Elizabeth will be doing a song together just to reach out to this particular audience.

“We are really looking forward to performing in Port Elizabeth.”

The Grateful tour kicked off earlier this year and has seen sold-out shows in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Middelburg, with the next concerts to be held in Durban next week and Nelson Mandela Bay next month.

Co-founder of the ensemble and gospel artist Jabu Hlongwana said thousands of fans were flocking to their concerts on the tour.

“We have been so blessed, having performed to sold-out audiences of more than 20000 fans around the country.

“The support we received from all our fans during this tour was amazing and we truly appreciate all of them,” Hlongwane said.

Funani said the group were “like a family” and shared a bond despite their different religious denominations.

“The best thing about being part of Joyous Celebration is that we are a gathering of like- minded people from different denominations, races and backgrounds who are brought together by one common thing.

“There really is no segregation in the group and when we come together we forget all about our problems and our homes and we create the best music we can.

“We are like a family and because we are young there’s always a lot of talking, but we are always cognisant of the fact that we have to and do deliver the best we can when we are on stage. I believe this group is God’s dream and we are just vehicles to make it come true.”

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