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Upliftment – inspiration – spiritual healing – comfort, all culminating in making a joyful noise about God’s love – this is essentially what Joyous Celebration is all about.  The gospel project, now in its fifth year, has it’s genesis in the first democratic elections held in South Africa.  Jabu Hlongwane, Mthunzi Namba and Lindelani Mkhize, all musicians and producers in their own right, inspired by the peaceful transition to democracy, decided to put together a musical tribute to God, thanking him for an essentially bloodless transition to freedom in South Africa.

The result was the Joyous Celebration concept – a gathering of musicians from diverse musical backgrounds and genres, coming together in song to give thanks for the New South Africa.  Since then, Joyous Celebration has grown from strength to strength, incorporating musical greats such as Sibongile Khumalo, Sharon Dee, Vuyo Mokoena, Ntokozo Masinga, Margaret Motsage, Vicky Vilakazi and Benjamin Dube over the years.  No content with only using ‘established’ names, however, Mthunzi, Jabu and Lindelani have been tireless in their dedication to unearthing new talent.  Every year, they audition unknown vocalists, thereby ensuring that each year, at least half of the singers are new members.

Lyrics

Joyous Celebration  4

 

TITLE:   1          KEEP THE FAITH

 

SINGER:           MTHUNZI NAMBA & SWAZI DLAMINI

 

                        Let the weak say I'm strong

                        Let the poor say I'm rich

                        Let the lost say I'm found

                        Let the blind say I see

                        Let the blind say I see

 

                        Storms may come your way

                        Just be strong and remember

                        The Lord is thy rod

                        And he will come in time

                        Just when you need the most

 

                        CHORUS

 

                        Wipe those tears from your eyes

                        Joy will come in the morning

                        All this works together for good

                        (for those who love Go)

                        God won't let you down

                       

                        Just keep the faith

                        And hold your head high                                                (Repeats)

 

                        He loves you he won’t ever let you down

                        He won't, you got to keep your faith

                        And hold your head high                                                (x2)

 

                        Hold your head high

                        Hold your head high                 

                        Hold your head high

 

 

 

TITLE:  2          IZETHEMBISO

 

SINGER:           THABO MDLULI

 

                        Izethembiso zeNkosi

                        Kanye nezibusiso

                        Zimiselwe abangcwele

                        Zimingunaphakade

                        Zimingunaphakade

 

                        Thixo wam' wandiholela

                        Ndaweni ephakeme

                        Wangibonisa indlela

                        Yobizo lwaphakade

                        Yobizo lwaphakade

 

                        Ndinikele uqobo lwami

                        Kuwena Msindisi wam

                        Ngakho konke enginakho

                        Mawuzibize wena

                        Mawuzibize wena

 

                        Thulululu thulululu

                        Thulululu thulululu

 

                        Thixo wam' wandiholela

                        Ndaweni ephakeme

                        Wangibonisa indlela

                        Yobizo lwaphakade

                        Yobizo lwaphakade

 

 

 

TITLE:  3          PHINDÚKHULUME

 

SINGER:           NOKUKHANYA DLAMINI

 

                        Phindukhulume moya oyingcwele

                        Phindukhulume Nkosi yam

                        Phindukhulume moya oyingcwele

                        Phindukhulume Nkosi yam

                       

                        Ngoba zonkízono ebengizenza

                        Namhla zisobala ebusweni bakho

                        Phindukhulume moya oyingcwele

                        Phindukhulume Nkosi yam

           

                        Phindukhulume Thixo ndimamele

                        Phindukhulume Nkosi yami

                        Phindukhulume Thixo ndimamele

                        Phindukhulume Nkosi yami

 

                        Thetha nami Nkosi yam

                        Namhla Nkosi yami

                        Phindukhulume

                        Thetha naimi baba

 

                        Khuluma, khuluma, khuluma Nkosi yam

                        Ndithi khuluma nami

                        Thetha name, thetha nam ndimamele

                        Thetha nami Nkosi yam

                        Thetha nami Jehova wami

                        Thetha nami Msindisi wam

                        Thetha nami Nkos

 

                        CHORUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

TITLE:  4          HIS SPIRIT IS HERE

 

SINGER:           MAGARET MOTSAGE

 

                        Ooh ooh ooh ooh

                        Oooh ooh ooh ooh

 

                        His Spirit is here, his Spirit is here

                        He comes like a fire of love to unite

                        Those who believe Holy Spirit

                        In my soul, my mind and heart

                       

                        Can you feel him, can you feel him

                        He comes like a burning fire of love

                        Holy, Holy, Holy

 

                        CHORUS                                  (Repeats)

 

                        Precious Spirit

                        His Spirit is here

                        Call upon the name of the Lord

 

 

TITLE:  5          HOLY GROUND

 

SINGER:           MARGARET MOTSAGE

 

                        When I walked through the door

                        I sensed his presence

                        And I knew this was the place

                        Was never bound ooh

                        For this is a place

Where God will love…..

                        Oh we are standing in His presence

                        On Holy ground

 

                        We are standing on Holy ground

                        I know that there are angels all around

                        Let us praise, praise God now

                        For we are standing in his presence

                        On Holy ground

 

                        In His presence I know there is joy

                        Beyond our major at his feet

                        Sweet peace of mind can still be found

                        For if we have need I know

                        He is still the answer oh

                        Reach out and claim it

                        For we are standing on Holy ground

                        Yes we are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                        We are standing on Holy ground

                        And I know that there are angels all around

                        Let us praise, praise God now

                        For we are standing on Holy ground

 

                        We are standing ooh

                        We are standing ooh

                        For we are standing on Holy ground

 

 

TITLE:  6          MY DELIVERER

 

SINGER:           BRIAN MAKIWANE & ANDILE BHEBHULA

 

                        Life can be so rough

                        There's so much hate and confusion

                        That keeps my spirit high

 

                        The knowledge of his unfailing love

                        The knowledge of him who never sleeps

                        He watches over

 

                        You are my deliverer

                        You are my protection

                        You are my comforter

 

                        When I'm weak you say I'm strong

                        You are my source of strength

                        You pick me up; you are my Lord and my King

 

                        When the enemy comes like a flood of the late asunder

                        Even when failed, trust creeping in my life

                        Then suddenly I'm surrounded with his glory

                        My lips begin to shout hallelujah

                        It's good to know you're by my side

 

                        You are my deliverer

                        You are my protection

                        You are you are

                        You are my source of strength

                        You are my comforter

                        (When my mind is in pain)

                        When I’m weak, you say I’m strong

                        You are my source of strength

                        You pick me up

                        You are my Lord and my King.

 

                        I think I’ve found salvation

                        And his soul yeah

                        He gave me new my soul is …..

                        That is why I say

 

                        CHORUS

 

                                               

TITLE:  7          MY HELP

 

SINGER:           MARGARET MOTSAGE

 

                        I will lift up my eyes to the hills

                        From whence my help cometh from

                        From which he made heaven and earth

                        He said he will not suffer thy foot

                        Thy foot to be moved

                        The Lord which keepeth thee

                        He will not slumber or sleep

 

                        Oh the Lord is thy keeper

                        The Lord is thy shade

                        Upon thy right hand                               (x2)

                        Oh the sunshine won’t smite thee

                        By day nor the moon by night

                        He shall preserve thy soul

                        Even forever more

 

                        My help, my help, my help

                        All of my help cometh from the Lord

 

                        CHORUS                      (Repeats)

 

 

TITLE:  8          EMMANUEL

 

SINGER:           SIHLE KUNENE

 

                        Emmanuel God is with us

                        Omnipotent, father of mercy

                        He is the only one

                        He is the King of Kings                          (x2)

 

                        He is the King of Kings

                        He is the King of Kings                          (x3)

 

                        CHORUS                                              (x3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TITLE:  9          SABELA

 

SINGER:           PRISCILLA NGQUMEYA

 

                        Jesu lona wa wasusamatyala

                        Wahlambizono zam

                        Wabangu gqirha apha kum

 

                        Sabela, sabela

 

                        Sabela uyabizwa

                        Kutheni ungasabeli / ungamameli

                        Nansi insikelelo, yiza ke nawe

                        Uzosindiswa, woza

                        Sabela, sabela

 

                        Thixo wam wandenzela inceba

                        Wangiphunyana wade waba nguqgirha

                        Oyiyo! wabanguqgirha apha kumi

 

                        Sabela sabela yho yho yho

 

                        CHORUS

 

                        Sabela, sabela uyabizwa

                        Sikubizela onqamlezweni

                        Sithi woza, woza

 

                        Hoho hoho hoho

                        Kutheni ungamameli yho                        (x4)

 

                        CHORUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TITLE:  10         NGIMI LAPHA

 

SINGER:           PHINDILE MKHIZE

 

                        Oh yeye wow wow

                        O baba ngiyacela

                        Baba, baba, baba

                        Oh yeye oh baba

 

CHORUS          Ngimi lapha Nkosi yami

                        Ngimi lapha Thixo wami

                        Ngibhekis’ amehlo kuwe

                        Ungibonis’ indlela

 

                        Ngimi lapha Nkosi yam

Ngimi lapha Thixo wami

                        Ngilinde wena ungihole

                        Unginike indlela

 

                        Ngiza kuwena Nkosi

                        Nazo zonk’ inkinga zam

                        Anginal'eleliny'ithemba

                        Nguwe kuphela nje

                        Mhla sengiphela amandla

                        Uvalo lungihaqile

                        Ngohlala ezinyaweni

                        ZeNkosi yam’ uJesu

 

                        CHORUS                                  (X2)

 

                        Hooh hooh hooh hooh

                        Hooh hooh hooh hooh

 

 

TITLE:  11         INTETHELELO

 

SINGER:           LINDELANI KHIZE

 

                        Thandaza baba

                        Thandaza Nkosi yami                 (x2)

                        Isono sami sikhulu ezweni

                        Baba ngicela igazi lemvana

 

                        Ngimi lapha baba

                        Ngibheke kuwe Nkosi yam

                        Anginawo amandla

                        Ngicela intethelelo

 

                        Anginawo amandla

 

                        Intethelelo, intethelelo, intethelelo

                        Izono zami zinkulu ezweni

                        Mina ngicela igazi lemvana

 

 

 

TITLE:  12         BECAUSE HE LIVES

 

SINGER:           MTHUNZI NAMBA

 

                        Because He lives

                        I can take tomorrow

                        Because He lives

                        All my fear is gone

                        Because I know

                        He holds the future

                        And life is worth

                        The living just because

                        He lives                                                            (x2)

 

                        (The preaching)

 

                        CHORUS                                              (x2)

 

                        (The preaching)

 

 

TITLE:  13         HOLY HOLY

 

SINGERS:        LUBABALO SBINDLANA & MITCHEL FISHER

 

                        Just like the four and twenty others

                        Praising you each day

                        We bow before you father

                        Acknowledging your way

                        We singing

 

CHORUS          Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy

                        Lord God almighty

                        This was and is to come

                        Holy, Holy, Holy

                        Lord God almighty

                        Which was and is to come

 

                        Holy one great father

                        One and only King

                        With hands outstretched to heaven

                        And with adoration we sing

 

                       

                        CHORUS                                              (Till fade)

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

 

TITLE:  14         UJESU WAMI

 

SINGER:           MTHUNZI NAMBA

 

                        UJesu wami uyaphila

                        Ngiyokwesaba ntoni na?

                        Ngoba igazi lakhe linginqobele

                        Ngiyindlalifa yezulu

                        Ithuna selinqobile

                        UJesu wami uyaphila

                        Ithuna selinqotshiwe

                        UJesu wami uyaphila

 

                        (Repeat till fade)

                       

                        (The preaching)

 

 

TITLE:  15         NGUWE

 

SINGER:           LINDIWE MKHIZE

 

                        Themba lamathemba

                        Wena Thixo ulincedo

s'thandwa sempilo

                        Zininike kuwe ndithathe

 

                        Nguwe uncedo lwami

                        Amehlo ami ajonge kuwe

                        Ndikhosele ngothando

                        Nenceba yakho

                        Nguwe onguncedo lwami

                        Nguwe onguncedo lwami

 

                        Ndingaletha ntoni kuwe

                        Kuwena nqaba yobomi bami

                        Konke endinakho

                        Kulawulwa wuwe Mhlengi wami

 

                        CHORUS

 

                        Nguwe, nguwe, nguwe

                        Uyisiphephelo sami Haleluya

                        Nguwe oluncedo lwami

                        Nguwe oluncedo lwami

 

                        CHORUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TITLE:  16         ONGIHOLAYO

 

SINGER:           JABU HLONGWANE

 

                        Mina nginoJesu wami ongiholayo

                        Mina nginoJesu wami ongiholayo

                        Ongiholayo, ongiholayo

                        Ongiholayo, ongiholayo                        

 

                        (Repeat till fade)

                       

 

 

TITLE:  17         AWE! SATHANE

 

SINGER:           JABU HLONGWANE

 

                        Awe sathane wen'

                        Uzoyidel' inkani

 

                        Uhlal'ukwenza kukulungela

                        Wen' uzoyidel' inkani

 

                        Uzoyidela inkani

                        Uzoyidela inkani

                        Uhlal' ukwenza kukulungela

                        Wen' uzoyidel' inkani

 

 

 

 

 

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