Saturday, December 10, 2016

South Africa's Joyous Celebration 19 (Choir) - "Amen"

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post showcases a video of soloist Xolile Mncwango leading the South African choir Joyous Celebration 19* in a performance of the African American Spiritual "Amen".

Information about Joyous Celebration choirs is also given in this post along with my explanation about selected comments from the featured video which includes the vernacular use of the words "sing" and "sang".

*the 19th Joyous Celebration choir

The content of this post is presented for religious, cultural, and aesthetic purposes.

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Thanks to soloist Xolile Mncwango and Joyous Celebration 19 for their musical performances. Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post. Thanks also to the publisher of this video on YouTube.

Click for a 2015 pancocojams post about the song "Amen". That post includes standard lyrics for that song.

Also, click the Joyous Celebration tag below for more pancocojams posts about these South African Gospel choirs.

"Joyous Celebration is a South African Gospel choir which was formed in 1994 following the success of South Africa's first democratic elections. What was merely meant to be a one-time studio project by South African musicians turned into a massive platform for upcoming South African artists. The choir has enjoyed success in South Africa and the rest of the African continent, having released 20 albums as of 2016. It is one of South Africa's most successful gospel choirs, following acts like The Soweto Gospel Choir.[1]"

Music career
The choir was formed by the well-known gospel producers in the country; Lindelani Mkhize, Jabu Hlongwane and Mthunzi Namba. The choir has been sponsored by Giant telecommunications Network MTN, hence the name 'MTN Joyous Celebration'. Previous sponsors include 'Old Mutual' and other South African media partners. The choir usually comprises 30 to 35 singers and a 6 to 8 piece band. There are usually 8 to 10 sopranosingers, 8 to 10 contralto singers and 10 to13 tenor singers. The founders try to change singers often in order to give others the same platform and exposure, this by holding auditions often. Most singers stay with the choir for a period of 1 to 5 years; however, others do go over that period, with previous singers such as Ntokozo Mbambo, the previous musical director Nqubeko Mbatha, and the current lead guitarist Msizi Mashiane having stayed with the choir for 11 years each. The founders often refer to Joyous Celebration as a gospel project as the singers are not only trained in music but how one carries themselves as a gospel musician and how to basically stand on their own in the tough music and ministry industry.

Joyous Celebration release albums annually and have broken boundaries in the South African recording industries in terms of live DVD and CD recordings with a total of 22 live Albums. Most of the latter albums contain music composed by the singers, the founders and the friends of the choir. They also keep to the signature of true South African praise and worship with traditional songs which have been sung in church for decades."...

SHOWCASE VIDEO - Joyous Celebration 19 (Xolile Mncwango) - Amen

Bandile M. Msimanga, Published on Mar 28, 2015

Be blessed..
Xolile Mncwango is the name of the soloist.

A commenter wrote that the beginning song could have been recorded as a separate song. I don't know the name of that song which was accompanied by the soloist's (probably ad lib) testimony. Any information about that song would be greatly appreciated.

Editor's note: These comments highlight the African American Vernacular English meaning of "sing" and "sang" (present tense). In the context of these comments, the word "sing" and the word "sang" refer to how well and particularly how soulfully a person or a group sings. Adding multiple vowels to the word "sang" (i.e. "saaaang") or adding multiple "g"s at the end of the word "sing" ("singggggg") means that the commenter believes that the singer of group sings (sang-present tense) very very well.

Mnqobi Nxumalo, 2015
"SAAAAAAAAING GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Kabedi Mpopote, 2015

True Worshipper, 2015


Rachel Coffie, 2016
"charley this girl can saaaaang...wat?"

Posh Nyathi, 2016
"Sing girl sing!!!"

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