Saturday, November 2, 2013

Joyous Celebration 17 featuring Ayanda Shange - Jerusalema (videos & lyrics)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part II of a two part series showcasing two songs by the South African Gospel Project Joyous Celebration featuring soloist Ayanda Shange. This post showcases a video of the song "Jeruslema". Lyrics for this song are also included in this post.

Click for Part I of this series. That post showcases Joyous 15 (Ayanda) singing "Ushilo Njalo".

Information about Joyous Celebration is also included in this post.

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

All copyrights remain with their owners.

"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."

[Information from Joyous Celebration 4]

"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[t] 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."

SHOWCASE VIDEOS: Joyous Celebration 17 (Ayanda) - Jerusalema


MrPolobaz, Published on Jul 19, 2013

One of my personal Favorites... Humble and talented, God is still to exalt you to greater heights my friend.... taken from Joyous Celebration 17 disc 2. I DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO THE SONG I'm just a fan

(as sung by Joyous Celebration 17 featuring Ayanda)

(Sung in Zulu)
Jerusalema, Jerusalema (Jerusalem, Jerusalem) x2 (Repeat)

Ngiyakulangazelela, Jerusalema (How I yearn for you, oh Jerusalem)x2 (Repeat)

Msindisi wami, Msindisi wami (My savior) x2 (Repeat)

Ngiyakulangazelela, Msindisi wami (How I yearn for you, oh my savior) x2 (Repeat)

Messiah wami, Messiah wami (My Messiah) x2 (Repeat)

Ngiyakulangazelela, Messiah wami (How I yearn for you, oh My messiah) x2 (Repeat)

[These lyrics were posted by Lukhanyo Shaun on the viewer comment thread given in this post.]

Jerusalema (Jerusalem) [My home. Dearest home. Heavenly home.]

Ndiyakulangezelela Jerusalem, [khaya lam] (I long for thee Jerusalem, My heavenly Home)

Msindisi wam (My Saviour)

Ndiyakulangazelela Msindisi wam, (I long for thee my Saviour)

Mesiya wam (My Messiah)

Ndiyakulangezelela Mesiya wam, (I long to be with thee my Messiah)

Thanks to Joyous Celebration 17 and Ayanda Shange for their musical legacy. Thanks also to the publishers of these videos on YouTube, and thanks to those who shared the lyrics to this song.

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