Joyous on a tour and a prayer jol

2017-05-25 06:01
Jabu Hlongwane, co-founder of Joyous Celebration with their latest offering PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Jabu Hlongwane, co-founder of Joyous Celebration with their latest offering PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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Joyous Celebration, well known gospel group, is on tour to pray for the scourge of women and children murders which has made headlines around the country.

Jabu Hlongwane said they are organising a tour named “Heal our Land”, which will be a prayer service for the string of murders reported in newspapers, radio and television across the country

The concert will be held at the Good Hope Christian Centre in Ottery opposite the train station on Friday and Saturday, June 02 and 03 June respectively.

“Things are not normal when a young man can kill his girlfriend and burn her corpse. This(murder) is a spiritual thing. It is a bad spirit that we need to deal with. We have pastors that will be praying there. The killing of children is more prevalent in this province,” Hlongwane said.

He highlighted the story of Karabo Mokoena, whose body- which was burnt beyond recognition- was found in an open veld in Bramley, Gauteng, after she was reported missing on 28 April.

Her boyfriend, Sandile Mantsoe, has since been arrested for her murder.

Members of the group are in the province to promote their latest offering, Joyous Celebration 21, which is titled Heal our Land.

The album, which consists of three discs, was recorded live at Potters’s House, in Texas, United States of America (USA), in December.

They collaborated with the choir of the church, there, which is lead by Bishop Thomas Dexter “T.D” Jakes.

It is the first time that the group has ever recorded an album outside the country.

“Twenty one years (of existence) is such as long time so we wanted to celebrate it differently. The sound is still the same.

We’ve had a relationship with T.D Jakes for a long time so he said we can come and record at his church. They are advanced in technology. We also have high standards. They are a humble bunch . They were wonderful hosts. We have never been there so we had to go and had live foot print. It was amazing to see flags from different African countries when we were there,” he said.

Hlongwane also said they would love to record another album in other country on the continent in future, but they do not have plans yet.

He said they are also planning auditions for those who would like to join the group, in the city.

Hlongwane said “Anyone can enter for the auditions except for learners and married people.

The reason for that is that we sometimes travel a lot and we do not want complications.

Be yourself and do not try to impress us. Come and sing a Xhosa song or any song,” he added.

Tickets for the concert are sold at Computicket at R200.

Get more information on their Facebook page, My Joyous Celebration or Twitter.

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