Edited by Azizi Powell
This post showcases a video of the South African Gospel song "Abazohamba" as sung by Joyous Celeberation 2012. Alsi included in this post are the lyrics for this song as found in its YouTube video viewer comment thread. Information about Joyous Celebration choirs is also included in this post.
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INFORMATION ABOUT JOYOUS CELEBRATION
"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."
[A] Few Words About Us
"The Joyous Concept has always been enigmatic to a lot of people because of its format. We have been referred to as a Gospel Choir. We prefer to be referred as a Gospel Project, because the crew changes every two years."
Joyous Celebration 2012 - Abazohamba [with soloist Pastor Jabu Hlongwano]
eydelyworship,Published on Apr 18, 2012
LYRICS - ABAZOHAMBA
[as posted by various commenters on this video's viewer comment thread http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tM4cPpaEB9I
We preach a gospel that goes on forward/forth.
Where are the young ladies/women who will go forth? they will go on looking forward.
Lets see the young men/lads who will go on forth.
The lads who are strong, the ones who can go on.
Show us are the women of god who press on forward.
They go forth,
the praying women who constantly rely on their knelt prayer.
- TheAmandamk, December 2012
This is a zulu song, i just gave u a direct translation. What they sing "figuratively" is were are the christians who are proud to go forth in the kingdom, trusting in His gospel. No matter what they go on. they press forth, trusting in Him. Proud to stand and say they trust him
-TheAmandamk, December 2012
MEANS,and keeps repeating moving forward and not looking back:
We preach evangelism that will move forward,
Where are the ladies....
Where are the mighty guys,who have defaeted the devil
Let us see these women who kneal down and pray,who dont have time to gossip
Let's see these men,who acknowledge their families,who protect their children and wives
The men who love God,who defaeted,and not scared of the devil
Where's the congregation of Jesus...
We proclaim an everlasting life
-lilyrosityY, January 2013
defaeted = defeated
The song simply say, We are preaching the true Gospel of God, That will never perish. Then asking : Where are the women and men (young and old) of God that can go all the way and not despair. The dance, demonstrate the work of God. (in a nutshell)
-Pearl Sibeko, March 2013
Verse 7: (end) Simemezel'ukuphila, okuphakade (We're shouting, live eternally) Okuphakade, okuphakade, Okuphakade, okuphakade (eternally, eternally, eternally, eternally) (Repeat)
-BOOKGEEKY, March 2013
Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2012/12/solly-mahlangu-wahamba-nathi-siyabonga.html for another video of South African Gospel music in which the vocalists and audience does that marching-like movements.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND THANKS
Thanks to Joyous Celebration 2012 for this Gospel song. My thanks also to the producer of this video and to its publisher on YouTube.
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