JOYOUS CELEBRATION BIOGRAPHY
It’s impossible to talk about the history and the landscape of South African gospel without mentioning MTN Joyous Celebration. When they staged their very first show in 1996, no one could have imagined the long and illustrious journey that would make them the gospel powerhouse that they are today.
Joyous, as they are referred to by their adoring fans, is the brainchild of three close friends: Jabu Hlongwane, Lindelani Mkhize and Mthunzi Namba, who formed the group to celebrate the political change in the country and the peaceful transition into democracy. The inaugural show was staged at the Wits Great in 1996 and this spiritual awakening was called; Joyous Celebration. The three friends had no idea that they were starting a phenomenon that would see gospel music in South Africa enter uncharted territory as a genre.