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It’s a Joyous Celebration

Publishing Date : 19 July, 2018

Author : KEAMOGETSE MOTONE

Co-founder of South African gospel choir Joyous Celebration, Lindelani Mkhize this week revealed that the group’s next month performance in Botswana might open a door for local gospel artists to work with the renowned group.


Not only will the gospel fest establish relationships with the local gospel industry, there is hope, according to Mkhize to make it an annual one. “When we say relationship we are also looking into working with talent from Botswana. We would like to see if there is really enough talent. We will also need to work with local stakeholders such as the Ministry of Youth. So Batswana will definitely be given a chance,” he said.


Mkhize was in the country this week Thursday where he confirmed the event to the media at a press conference organized by Brave Heart who also organized the concert. He told the media that preparations for the show, slated for August 25 at the University Of Botswana Indoor Sport Arena were on and that the group was excited to be performing in the country yet again. “We are looking forward for the event and we promise the best. The event is will be more than life changing. This is a show not to be missed. We will definitely deliver,” he said.


Mkhize is one of the three founders of the mega group, which has cemented itself as among the best in that country and perhaps the continent. The other founders are gospel producers, Jabu Hlongwane, and Mthunzi Namba. The choir usually compromises 30-35 singers and a 6-12 piece band. Most singers stay in the choir for 1-5 years, while some longer. Previous singers include the likes of Ntokozo Mbambo, Sechaba and Mahalia Buchanan. The choir does not only train singers but also train them on how to carry themselves as gospel musicians.


According to Mkhize, their performance will leave Batswana yearning for more, “We will give Batswana the best performance ever. I urge Batswana to come in large numbers to witness what we have in stock for them. They will never regret coming out for this concert.”
The Managing Director of Braveheart, Joseph Diane Manuel, who will be the host of the event, explained that their partnership with joyous celebration was the beginning of the new things.


“Our partnership with Joyous is taking off from now on. We are starting and this will be an annual event and the event will grow bigger and bigger,” he said. He further explained that the minute they announced sales of tickets, already they sold 1500 and right now 3 000 tickets have been sold.


Manuel explained that the concert will change many lives. “This is a life changing concert and we will not be allowing alcohol inside the UB Indoor Sport Centre. We want our young people to experience great pleasure without indulging in alcohol and substances,” he said.
Although he said that there will be local supporting acts, he did not reveal their names, saying it was a surprise. Tickets are available on Web tickets and in all Spars around the country. Tickets will not be sold at the entrance. Gold tickets sell for P400 while Silver tickets sell for P300.

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