De Aar artist on stage

2017-11-08 06:00
Mkhululi Jacobs is to share the stage with the group Joyous Celebration in the Kim Fest on 18 November.Photo: Supplied

Mkhululi Jacobs is to share the stage with the group Joyous Celebration in the Kim Fest on 18 November.Photo: Supplied

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It will be an honour and a dream come true for De Aar-based gospel artist Mkhululi Jacobs to share the stage with the multi-award winning group Joyous Celebration in the Kim Fest on Saturday, 18 November, from 18:00 at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre.

On this occassion, Northern Cape residents will get the opportunity of witnessing one of their own on stage.

Jacobs’ songs are reported to be aired nationally on several radio stations.

According to Jacobs, it has been his goal all along to share the stage with Joyous Celebration, given their track record.

“Growing up I would sing their songs and work very hard in perfecting myself with them,” he says.

He has confidence that, he is getting a satisfactory number of appearances in the province.

Being born in De Aar, a town with scarce opportunities, has never deprived Jacobs of his dream of becoming a recording artist.

Jacobs started his singing career in Sunday school, where he was a youth leader and performed at funerals.

His singing talent blossomed from there on, leading to the number of local gospel groups that he was involved with noticing him and making him a lead singer.

He hopes that his performance with Joyous Celebration in his home pro­vince will boost his career even more.

Jacobs’ second gospel music album was released in February 2013, titled Undikhulule.

The album has done so well that it received two nominations – the Ingoma award for the best worship album and album of the year 2013.

He released his first album in April 2011, titled Ndithembe Wena (I trust You), on which he worked with Shadrack Ndhlovu as a co-producer.

Since his childhood days, he says, he has been looking up to Keke Phoofolo and the late Sfiso Ncwane as his role models in the music industry.

“I wanted to share my talent to such an extent that in October 2009, I joined African Arts Connections, a non-governmental organisation in De Aar, where I am still helping young developing musicians and artists in the arts and culture field,” says Jacobs.

He started doing solo performances before signing with Tabata Music (then known as African Pride Music Production) in August 2010.

It was from this period that he got the opportunity to mingle and share the stage with the likes of Rebecca Malope, the late Sfiso Ncwane, Prophet Keke Phoofolo, Bishop Benjamin Dube, Pastor Donnie McClurkin and many more.

“On top of making my mark back home, I also made appearances at important events like the 2014 Moshito Conference and Exhibition in Sandton, which was one of my biggest performances.”

Jacobs calls on the Northern Cape government to recognise its artists and to share the finances with the artists to develop them.


Five readers stand the chance to win double tickets to the Kim Fest for Saturday, 18 November. To win a ticket, all you have to do is answer this question: Who is the female SAPS singer who will be sharing the stage with Joyous Celebration at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre? The closing date is Wednesday (15/11).

Like the Facebook page of Express Northern Cape and inbox your answer, including your contact details. Winners will be informed via Facebook or telephonically.

Unanswered phones will be dis­qualified.


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