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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 6

 

TITLE:  1          I SEE THE LORD

 

SINGER:           MTHUNZI NAMBA

 

                        I see the Lord

                        Seated on the throne exalted

                        And trail of this robe fills the temple

                        With his glory

                        And the whole world is

                        Filled with his glory                                (Repeat)

 

                        Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy

                        Lord of Might

 

                        Glory to your name, glory to your name

                        Cos’ you're worthy to be praised                                    (x2)

                        We magnify your name

                        Cos’ you deserve all of my praise                      (x4)

 

                        (The preaching)

 

 

TITLE:  2          WOZA MMELI WAMI

 

SINGER:          

 

                        Helele mama

                        Woza mmeli wami

                        Woza mmeli wami

                        Uyesind' umthwalo wami

                        Yitshe, yitshe Nkosi yami                                   (x4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TITLE:  3          PRAISE HIM WHILE YOU CAN

 

SINGER:           MTHUNZI NAMBA

 

                        You can praise him right where you stand

                        You can praise him while you clap your hands

                        You can praise him down on your knees

                        Praise anyway you please

                        You can praise the Lord with the shout

                        You can praise him from the inside out

                        He don't care how you praise him

                        Just praise him while you can                 (Repeat)

 

                        You can praise him on a sunny day

                        You can praise when the clouds are grey

                        You can praise him through your trials

                        You can praise him through your fire

                        You can praise him from coast to coast

                        Today I wanna praise him in a Holy Ghost

                        He don't care how you praise him

                        Just praise him while you can

 

                        I praise him for the good times

                        I praise him for the bad times as well

                        Because I know they make me strong

                        That no one can touch Jesus

                        Quite like you do down here, you up there

                        He's given each and every one of you

                        Expression with no, no, no, exception

                        He loves to be worshiped so much

                        Today we plead before his throne

 

                        He don't care how you praise him

                        Just praise him while you can

 

                        When things are going wrong in your life

                        It's the time to praise him

                        When it looks like everything is gloom, is dark,

                        Is bad praise him. He’s there praise him

 

                        (The preaching)

                        This reminds me of the apostle Paul

                        Lat in the midnight hour

                        He started lifting up his voice

                        To the Lord in praise

                        He started worshipping

                        He was in prison; he was bound by the chains

                        But as he started lifting his voice to the Lord

                        Saying Jesus I praise

                        A miracle happened, a miracle took place

                        Everything that was wrong in the life

                        He turned it around

                        So if you're going through something this afternoon

                        Maybe you have a financial crisis

                        Don't worry about it

                       

                        Give thanks

                        Love him

                        Just lift Him

                        Praise Him

                        Worship Him

                        Adore Him

                        Assure Him

                        Let the whole world know

                        Nobody care for you quiet like Jesus

 

 

 

TITLE:  4          LIFT HIM UP

 

SINGER:           JOYOUS CELEBRATION

 

                        We come to worship Christ

                        And lift him up

                        We've come to praise him

                        We've come to praise him

                        Oh Yeah

 

                        We've come to clap our hands

                        And lift him up

                        We've come to praise him

                        We've come to praise

                        Lift the Saviour up

                        Oh Yeah

                       

                        We've come to do our dance

                        We've come to do our dance

                        And lift him up

                        We've come to praise him

                        Lift my Saviour up

 

SOPRANOS:     We've got the right to praise the Lord

                        I wanna sing and lift him up                    (x4)

 

ALTOS:             We've got the right to lift him up

 

TERNORS:        Oh Yeah lift him up

 

                        (Together)

 

                        Yajika lento

                        Kumnandi ukukholwa kumnandi

                        Halalala ngoJesu halalala

                        Give me J.E.S.U.S

                        Uyi yi uyi Nkosi

                        Jump before the Lord                            (Repeat)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TITLE:  5          KANYE NAWE

 

SINGER:           MTHUNZI NAMBA

                         

                        Kanye nawe Nkosi yami

                        Kanye nawe Nkosi yami

                        Mangihamb’imihla yonke

                        Kanye nawe Nkosi yami

 

                        (The preaching)

 

                        Uzohamba nawe

                        Uzohlala nawe

                        Ngizonqoba nawe

                        Kanye nawe, kanye nawe

                        Kanye nawe Nkosi yami

 

                       

 

TITLE:  6          JESU JOY

 

SINGER:             JOYOUS CHOIR

 

                        Jesus lover of my soul

                        Let me to thy bosom fly

                        While the nearer waters roll…..

                        While the tempest still is high

                       

CHORUS          Hide me oh my Saviour hide

                         Till the storm of life is past

                        Safe into thy heaven guide

                        Oh receive my soul at last

 

                        Plenteous grace with thee is found

                        Grace to cover all my sin

                        Let the healing streams abound

                        Make and keep me pure within

 

CHORUS          Hide me oh my Saviour

                        Hide till the storm of life is passed

                        Safe in to thy heaven guide

                        Oh receive my soul at.....

           

                        Jesus is the son of God

                        And he died to save us all

                        He was bruised for all our troubles

                        Jesus praise eternally

                        And he shall reign forever and ever

                       

                        Amen, amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

TITLE:  7          MAKABONGWE

 

SINGER:           VUYO MOKOENA

 

                        Makabongwe njalo nje

                        Owahlatshwa eGol'gotha

                        Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah

                        Amen

 

 

 

TITLE:  8          VUMA

 

SINGER:           JABU HLONGWANE

                       

                        Vuma wena vuma vuma vuma

                        Vum'  usindiswe

                        Ekhaya eZulwini kunezithembiso

                        Vuma vuma vuma

                        Vum' usindiswe

 

 

TITLE:  9          UNDER THE BLOOD

 

SINGER:           MADUVHA MADIMA

 

                        I' m gonna stay right under the blood

                        I'm gonna stay right under the blood

                        I'm gonna stay right under the blood

                        And the devil won't do me no harm

 

                        He is the rock of my salvation

                        He is the shelter in times of storm

                        He will keep me under his wings

                        And the devil won’t do me no harm

                        No harm can the devil do me

                        No, no he can't do me no harm

 

                        I don't care what people may think or say

                        But I know something, that the devil won’t touch me

                        No, no, no, no he can't do me no harm

 

                        When I'm weak I know that he's strong

                        When I'm poor I know that he's rich

                        And I will never be afraid for his angels watch over me

                        When I walk down the valley

                        I know that he's there

                        No evil should come near no, no, no, no

                        I'm gonna stay right under the blood

                        And the devil won't do harm

 

                       

 

 

 

 

CHORUS

 

                        I'm safe and secure under his wings

                        The Lord is on my side

Yes he is, yes he is, yes he is

                       

                        All you got to do is stay

                        Dwell, inhabit in his shelter

                        No weapon formed against you will prosper

                        No, no, no, no, no I got to stay

                        You got to remember to stay under his blood

                        Make the Lord God your fortress and your refuge

                        Just stay (Stay)

 

                        The Lord will fight your battle

                        Just dwell just inhabit in his shelter

                        No harm, no harm, no harm, no, no harm

                        You are safe in God's hands

                        Don't worry

 

 

 

TITLE:  10         HOLY HOLY

 

SINGER:           JOYOUS CHOIR

 

                        Bow down before him

                        Love and adore him

                        Sing praises to him

                        For his Holy, Holy                                 (Repeat)

 

                        Bow down before him

                        Love and adore him

                        Sing praises to him

                        For his Holy, Holy                                 (Repeat)

 

                        You are Holy Lord

                        (Holy, Holy, Holy)

                        You are Holy Lord

                        Uyingcwele uyingcwele uyingcwele

 

                        Ngcwele, ngcwele, ngcwele

                        Nkosi Somandla

                        Sodumisa wena ngovivi lokusa

                        Ngcwele, ngcwele, ngcwele

                        Wena unomusa

                        Uyabusa njalo unguThixo wam'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                       

 

TITLE:  11         MY SOUL LOVES ONLY YOU / WORTHY MEDLEY

 

SINGER:           MTHUNZI NAMBA

 

                        My soul loves only you

                        Loves only you, loves only you  (x7)

 

                        His worthy all worthy

                        Almighty creator Alpha Omega

                        Beginning and the end

                        Holy, Holy Lord God almighty

                        Who was and is

                        And is to come

                       

                        Hallelujah, hallelujah                   (x7)

 

                       

 

TITLE:  12         AYIKH' INDLELA

 

SINGER:           BOYS CHOIR

 

                        Ayikh'indlela eyeZulwini

                        Ehamba lapho uthanda khona

                        Laph' uthanda khona, laph' uthanda khona

                        Laph' uthanda khona laph' uthanda khona

 

                        Helele ndikhonza iNkosi

                        Ndikhonza uJesu iNkosi yami

                        Ndikhonza umfeli wami

                        Ndikhonza uJesu ubaba wami

                        Ndikhonza uJesu uMsindisi wami

                       

 

 

 

TITLE:  13         NGIYEKELENI

 

SINGER:           JOYOUS CHOIR

 

                        Ngiyekeleni                                           (Repeat)

 

GIRLS:              Bathi ngihlale

                        Ngiyeke ukukhonza iNkosi yamakhosi

 

BOYS:              Ayi suka la mina angishongo njalo

                        Mina ngihamba ngobuqotho

 

                        Ngiyekeleni                                           (Repeat)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TITLE:  14         NGIYATHOKOZA

                       

SINGER:           GIRLS CHOIR

 

                        Ngeqiniso uJesu ungowami

                        Yekubumnandi baphezulu

                        Sengenziwe indlalifa nami

                        Ngegazi layo imvana

 

CHORUS          Ngiyathokoza ngalengoma

                        Ngiyadumisa uMsindisi

                        Ngiyathokoza ngalengoma

                        Ngiyadumisa iNkosi yami

 

                        Kuphelele ukuthokoza

                        Ngimi ngibheka phezulu le

                        Ingelosi zingilethela

                        Ukunyenyeza ke kothando

 

                        CHORUS

 

                        Ngiyathokoza ngidumis' iNkosi yam'

                        Ngiyathokoza ngalengoma

                        N giyadumisa iNkoso yam'

 

 

TITLE:  15         ESIPHAMBANWENI

 

SINGER:           NTOKOZO MBAMBO

 

                        Eduze nes'phambano

                        Kunomthomb' omuhle

                        Amanzi okwelapha

                        Evela ku Jesu

 

                        Esiphambanweni

                        Ngodumisa mina

                        Lapho umoya wami

                        Wophumula khona

 

                        Eduze nes'phambano   

                        Ngihlale newundlu

                        Ngisize nsuku zonke

                        Nginqanel' ithunzi

 

                        Esiphambanweni          

                        Ngodumisa mina

                        Lapho umoya wami

                        Wophumula khona

 

                        Jesus, keep me near the Cross

                        Oh there's greater answer

                        For everyone there's a healing

                        There is glory on Calvary's mountain

 

                        In the Cross                              (x2)

                        ………..

                        Till my righteous soul shall find

                        Resting on the river

 

                        Ngophumula, ngophumula

                        Esiphambanweni                       (Repeat)

                        Nayo iNkosi uJesu

                        Owafela izono zami

                        Ngophumula

                        Ngenxa yakhe

 

 

TITLE:  16         THANK YOU

 

SINGER:          

 

                        You woke me up this morning

                        And gave me a song to sing

                        Lord I'm grateful

                        Your mercies are new every morning

                        You keep me from day to day

                        Calm every storm

                        You direct me ways, every step of the way

                        You walk right by my side

 

                        Thank you for my life

                        Thank you for my joy

                        You didn’t have to die for me

                        But you gave your life a sacrifice

                        Thank you for my soul

                        Thank you for another day

                        To worship your name

                        Giving you praise

                        For there is non like you

 

                        I will never forget

                        What you’ve done for me

                        I will praise your name

                        (Praise your name)

                        I will glorify, glorify your name

 

                        CHORUS

 

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