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Joyous 11

This spiritual uplifting album was recorded live before a packed and vibrant audience at the Sun City Superbowl on 11 November 2006 as part of Joyous Celebration’s 10th anniversary celebration because in the past ten years this formidable choral outfit and band had become a gospel institution and a springboard for raw talent

Featured on the 18 track Joyous 11 album are gospel greats such as Sipho Makhabane singing “Zawa Indonga”, Mthunzi Namba rendering “Amen”, the talented Ntokozo Mbambo doing “In the Shadow” and the group’s album is never complete without its stalwarts, Jabu Hlongwane and Vuyo Mokoena adding the required Holy fire to this album

Joyous Celebration is an academy of excellence for those who dream of hitting the big time. As a minefield of latent talent, the rough gems it has polished into shining diamonds ranges from jazz stars to gospel greats. Names such as, Nokukhanya Dlamini, Sabata Masoka, Ntokozo Mbambo, Margaret Motsage, the late Wendy Mseleku, and the award winning Ernie Smith and Swazi Dlamini easily come to mind. Joyous Celebration has made an illustrious contribution to South African music in general and gospel in particular.

At the core of this choral outfit’s outstanding success is the charismatic leadership of Mthunzi Namba, Jabu Hlongwane and the maestro, Lindelani Mkhize. As the group’s co-founders they have provided their charges with the technical expertise and artistic experience to reach greater heights in this tough music industry.

The sweet voices of the group have entertained audiences even beyond our borders. Their first major overseas tour was in 2004 when they blessed packed auditoriums in the UK. They got standing ovation at all their performances although they sang in African languages.

The group has worked with some of America’s US top gospel artists including Ray Chew, musical director at the Apollo Theatre in New York and Anthony Faulkner, a gospel singer who lists Yolanda Adams amongst many first rate artists he has collaborated with.

This Joyous Celebration 11 album is bound to add blessings to the loyal followers who have so far pushed sales figures of all the group’s albums to 1.5 million units during the past 11 years

Lyrics

JOYOUS CELEBRATION 11

 

TITLE:  1          IN THE SHADOW

 

SINGER:           NTOKOZO MBAMBO

 

                        I know a place I can always run to

                        In times of distress confusion and fear

                        When my enemy surrounds me

                        I know I'm safe, for you keep me

                        And hide me in the shadow of your wings

 

                        In the shadow of your wings

                        I know I am safe

                        In the shadow of your wings

                        I find relief, for you hold me

                        And guide me with your righteous hand

                        I find rest peace of mind

                        In the shadow of your wings

 

                        The Lord is my shield

                        He's a healer of my soul

                        He's the tower of strength

                        My redeemer my keeper

                        When my heart is filled with sorrow

                        For you're a lifter of my head

                        You surround me with favour

                        And you satisfy my soul

 

                        CHORUS

 

                        In the shadow of your wings

                        I know I am safe

                        It's in the shadow of his wings

                        That's where I find relief

                        For he holds me, he guides

                        With his righteous hand

                        I find rest peace of mind

                        It's all in the shadow of his wings

                        Yes in the shadow of his wings

                        Hallelujah I know I'm safe

                        It's in the shadow of his wings

                        I find relief hey

                        Oh he holds me and he guides me

                        With his righteous hand

                        I find rest, peace of mind in the shadow

 

                        Thank you Jesus for making me safe

                        I know I'm safe in the shadow of his wings

                        That's where I find relief, for he holds me

                        He guides me with his righteous hand

                        I find rest peace of mind in the shadow

                        (I am safe in the shadow of his wings)

                        He keeps me, he holds me, I'm safe from harm

                        In the Almighty’s hand, I'm safe from harm

                        Yes I am, I'm safe from destruction yes I am

                        I'm safe nothing can touch me when I'm in the shadow

                        Nothing can harm me when I'm in the shadow

                        I'm safe in his arms; I’m safe in his presence

                        I'm safe in his arms; the devil can't touch me in his presence

                        The devil can't touch me in the shadow of his wings

                        I'm safe from harm                                                                    (x4)

 

                        No weapon formed against me shall prosper

                        I'm safe                                                                                                (Repeat)

                        I'm safe in his arms

                        I'm safe with Jesus, I'm safe

                       

 

                       

 

TITLE:  2          AMEN

 

SINGER:           MTHUNZI NAMBA

 

                        Amen     (x8) Jesus   (x8)   Saviour (x8)

                        Provider (x8) Healer (x8)   Father   (x8)

                       

                       

 

TITLE:  3          JESU KE MMOLOKI

 

SINNGER:        VUYO MOKOENA

 

 

                        Ha le lakatsa ho tseba

                        Mamelang ha ke le tjwetsa

                        Ke le sopisa tsela

                        Jeso ke mmoloki waka

                        O ngkethetsi bodolong

                        Kea morata o a nthata

                        O nehile bophilo

 

 

 

 

TITLE:  4          GREAT IS YOUR NAME

 

SINGER:           JOYOUS CELEBRATION CHOIR

 

                        Great is your name O Lord

                        Great is your name                    (x2)

                        How wonderful is your name

 

                        How wonderful

                        How wonderful                          (x2)

                        Great is your name O Lord

 

 

 

 

                        We magnify your name

                        (We magnify your name)                        (x4)

                        We magnify your precious name

 

                        Great is your name O Lord

                        Great is your name                    (x2)

                        How wonderful is your name

 

                        How wonderful

                        How wonderful                          (x2)

                        Great is your name O Lord

 

                       

 

TITLE:  5          NKOSI YAMI

 

SINGER:           JOYOUS CELEBRATION CHOIR

 

                        Nkosi yami, Nkosi yami

                        Nkosi yami, baba siyakuthanda              (x2)

                        Wasifela thina ngokuba usuthanda

                        Wanqamlezwa wena wawungenacala       (x2)

 

                        Nkosi yami, Nkosi yami

                        Nkosi yami, baba siyakuthanda              (x2)

                        Wasifela thina ngokuba usuthanda

                        Wanqamlezwa wena wawungenacala       (x2)

                       

                        Amen (x7) Amen (7)

                        Amen, amen, amen, amen

 

TITLE:  6          BAYEDE

 

SINGER:           XOLANI SITHOLE

 

                        Bayede uyingcwele

                        INkosi yamakhosi leyo

                        (INkosi yamakhosi)

                        Bayede yingcwele

                        UyiNkosi yamakhosi

 

                        Manje ngiza kuwe

                        (Ngithahandaza wena Nkosi yethu)

                        Ngoba wena uyiNkosi unjalo nje

 

                        CHORUS

 

                        Hail King of Zion

                        Hail King of Lords

                        You beautiful in your Holiness

                        I talk about the son of man

                        Saviour, Saviour, Saviour, Saviour

                        Jesus Christ

                        I talk about the son of man

                        Jesus, Jesus, Christ

 

                        Makwenzimanga

                        Manje ngiza kuwe

 

 

 

TITLE:  7          ZAWA INDONGA

 

SINGERS:        SIPHO MAKHABANE

 

                        Zawa indonga zeJerikho

                        O ngithi ziyawa, wo ziyawa

                        Tshelumakhelwane ziyawa                      (x2)

                        Mhlebele ziyawa awu ziyawa

 

                        Ziyaw' indonga

                        (Zawa indonga ze Jerikho)

                        Ziyaw' indonga

                        (Zawa zawela le)

                       

                        (Uhlaleleni bo awubini ziyawa

                        Zawa zawelela le)

 

 

 

TITLE:  8          MORENA

 

SINGER:           WILLIAM SEJAKE

 

CHORUS          Morena ke o tsepile

                        Le fika laka mehla                      (x2)

                        O wena ke kehlile

                        Ke gkotso thabo fela                 (x2)

 

                        O kese qhoboshiyane

                        O lele o yi tsepo

                        O nthose ke sebeletse

                        Ho leli matswenyeho

 

                        CHORUS

 

                        E ha ke fumana tsileng

                        Dijwale mokgthala

                        Ha ke le qhoboshiyane

                        Dira de mphihlela

 

                        CHORUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TITILE: 9          VUS' OWAKHO

 

SINGER:           JABU HLONGWANE AND SIPHO MAKHABANE

 

                        O baba vuso wakho umsebenzi

                        (Vus' owakho, umsebenzi libatshazwi igama lakho)

                        Thel’ umoya oyingcwele

                        Phezu kwabantwana bakho

                        Vus' owakho umsebenzi

                        Libatshazw 'igama lakho

 

 

TITLE:  10         NGIZOKUBULELA

 

SINGER:           HLENGIWE DLAMINI

 

                        Ngizakubulela kuye owangihawukela

                        Ngoba uthando lwakhe lunami impilo yam' yonke                        (x2)

 

                        Insindiso yakhe ikumi ngasosonke isikhathi

                        Uwehlisela amathamsanqa umphefumlo wami

 

                        Ngizakubambelela kuye kuze kufike usuku

                        Ngeke ngiyikhonze enyiNkosi nguwe umhlengi wami

                       

                        Insindiso yakhe ikumi ngasosonke isikhathi

                        Uwehlisela amathamsanqa umphefumlo wami

 

                        Ngizakubambelela kuye kuze kufike usuku

                       

                       

 

 

TITLE:  11         THE LORD WILL

 

SINGER:           JOYOUS CELEBRATION CHOIR

                       

                        (Humming)

                        The Lord will fight my battles for me

                        And he has given  the victory                             (x2)

 

                        There’s no need to worry

                        There's no need to fret

                        The Lord God almighty

                        Has never failed me yet                                     (x2)

 

                        And he has given the victory                              (x2)

 

                        UJehova uzonginqobela konke

                        Uyinqaba yami ungumelusi wami                        (x2)

                        Ungesabi lutho ungapheli amandla

                        UJehova unawe angeke akushiye                        (x2)

 

                        Uyinqaba yami ungumelesi wami                        (x4)

 

 

 

TITLE:  12         JOYOUS CELEBRATION

 

SINGER:           NKANYISO BHENGU

 

                        This is a joyous, a joyous celebration

                        And we are free free indeed

                        This is a joyous,

                        Come and celebration with us

                        And we are free, free indeed

 

                        It's amazing where we've been

                        It’s amazing where we come from as a people

                        Never thought we would be here today

                        Good God almighty (Good God almighty)

                        It's all because of you

                        That's why we raise our voices each and everyday

 

                        CHORUS

 

                        Free indeed in Christ we are free                                                (x2)

                        (Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there's liberty)

                        So lift your voices and sing

 

                        CHORUS

 

                        Hail, hail, hail, hail

                        We are praising, dancing, jumping, clapping

                        This is what we do

                        Bouncing, shaking, shouting and screaming

                        (This is what we do)

                        (Praise him)

                        (This is what we do)

                       

 

 

TITLE:  13         ZINGELOSI

 

SINGER:           BUKIWE TWANI

 

                        Zizwe zonke dumisani uJehova wemikhosi

                        Vuthelani macilongo O nimdumise oyiNkosi                    (x2)

 

                        Bantu bonke lalelani uJehova wemikhosi

                        Phendukani buyelani kuJehova oyiNkosi                         (x2)

 

                        Hlabelela mhlaba wonke

                        UJehova wemikhosi                                                       (X2)

                        Haleluya dumisa,

                        UJehova wemikhosi                                                       (X2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

                        Mdumiseni yena

                        Oh mdumiseni ngakho konke onako

                        Umdumise ngokuhlabelela

                        UJehova oyiNkosi

                        Wena mdumiseni

                        Ngithi umbethel'ingqungqu

                        Mbethel'uhhadi UJehova

                        Mbethel' imigubhu, mbethel'uhhadi

                        Mdumise wenze nje

                       

                        Hlabelela mhlaba wonke

                        UJehova wemikhosi                                                      

                        Haleluya dumisa,

                        UJehova wemikhosi                                                      

 

 

TITLE:  14         ROMA NNA

 

SINGER:           NTOMBIZODWA MAHLANGU

 

CHORUS          Roma nna di tjabeng

                        Ha ke fetla ke rapele

 

                        Ha le batla ho tsiba ka

                        Se phiri sa di thapelo

                        Le botsise magwala hle

                        Magwala hla le botsa

 

                        CHORUS

 

                       

                       

 

TITLE:  15         NDICELA NTONYE

 

SINGER:           NOBATHEMBU MABHEKA

 

                        Ndicela ntony' endifunayo mna

                        Ndihalekuwe

                        Ndicela lent'inye mna

                        Jesu ndihlale kuwe                                 (x2)

 

                        Inxaki yami andinawo amandla

                        Jesu mna ndicela kuwe

                        (Andinawamandla Yesu mna ndicela kuwe)

 

                        Hhaybo amandla awekho bo

                        Amandla awekho bo

                        Mna ndicela kuwe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TITLE:  16         ZWONAKA

 

SINGER:           NDUVHUWO MATUMBA

 

 

 

TITLE:  17         I'LL GO

 

SINGER:           JOYOUS CELEBRATION CHOIR

 

                        Wherever you want me Lord to go

                        (I'll go)

                        Even on the mountain, down the valley

                        (I'll go)

                        And to the ends of the world Lord take me

                        (I'll go)

                        I submit myself to you, to you

                        Oh I submit myself to you, to you Oh Lord

                        Your  will, your plans, your direction, your purposes                   (x13)

 

 

TITLE:  18         I'LL BE THERE

 

SINGER:           SIMPHIWE KHUMALO

 

                        When you go through the fire

                        I'll be right there with you

                        When you cross the deep waters

                        I will hold you in my arms

                        When it seems it's getting colder

                        Be not afraid

                        There's a place you can run to

                        Where there's peace for your soul

                        Remember there's a promise for you

                        Just be still, hold on

 

CHORUS          I'll be there when you call my name

                        Just know you can, count on me

                        I'll hold you in my arms so you won't let go

                        Trust in me, take my hand, just be strong

                        I'll be there, be there for you                                          (x2)

 

                        This life can be harder

                        This world can be lonely

                        You have prayed and prayed for so long

                        And seems nobody cares

                        Everything you've done is falling apart

                        But don't be discouraged

                        There's a friend who won't leave you

                        He's faithful and true

                        You got to hold to his unchanging care

 

                        CHORUS

 

                        And I will always be there for you                                   (Repeat)

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