PRESS RELEASE: Joyous Celebration’s 25th Album – Still We Rise : Thank You Lord (official music video)

Johannesburg, South Africa – Wednesday, 16 July 2021 – Gospel giants, Joyous Celebration make international strides with “Thank You Lord”. 

Africa’s leading choral group, Celebration has released the “Thank You Lord” live performance. The single marks the African giants venturing into introducing themselves to the world following their singing to Universal Music Africa backed by the iconic US based record company, Motown Gospel.

On Thursday, 18 March 2021, the choral group had announced the monumental signing which coincided with the silver jubilee release of their 25th album, Still We Rise. “Thank You Lord” is a cut from the album which came out of the choral group adapting to the new normal.

Co-founder and original conductor, Lindelani Mkhize at the time of the announcement shared that, “After all the experiences of the past 25 years and the changes in the world and new dynamics in the industry, we are delighted to be in this new direction with a fresh new purpose. We are revived, we have a new energy as we turn things around to get to the next extraordinary level.”

“Thank You Lord” marks the first single which the choral group will have sampled by countries like the United States and Canada, as Joyous Celebration makes their international strides.

About “Thank You Lord”:

“The hardest working gospel group in South Africa is led by Nozipho Phiri in worship on Thank You Lord.

The track is lifted off the group’s 25th-anniversary celebratory album, Joyous Celebration 25 – Still We Rise: Live At The Joburg Theatre.

Phiri leads the choir in expressing gratitude to God for being a constant pillar in their lives, reminding the listener to always be grateful. The instrumental arrangement on the live recording of the English-sung hymn provides a lively background for the choir, using sprightly electric guitars and vigorous drum lines as well as high-spirited key changes. The track is produced by gospel royalty including Siyanqoba Mthethwa, Mnqobi Nxumalo, Lindelani Mkhize, Mthunzi Namba, and Jabu Hlongwane.

About MTN Joyous Celebration:

MTN Joyous Celebration occupies an exalted place in the South African music scene. Founded in 1996 by Lindelani Mkhize, Jabu Hlongwane and Mthunzi Namba it has enjoyed multi-platinum sales of their CDs and DVDs and picked up countless trophies of the major music awards in South Africa including the SA Music Awards (SAMA), MetroFM Music Awards and Crown Gospel Music Awards. They have amassed millions of views on YouTube with over 460 000 subscribers signed on. The MTN Joyous Celebration live concerts are a popular fixture on gospel music lovers calendars and they attract followers from across the continent of Africa and the world. The ensemble is also known as a cradle for young aspiring gospel musicians who are provided a stage to dazzle and be noticed and then venture off on their own, this is a tradition dating back 25 years. Joyous is sponsored by MTN, Africa’s premium telecommunications network provider.

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About Motown Gospel

Motown Gospel is one of the most prominent gospel music companies in the world, boasting over two decades of chart-topping and award-winning artists, albums, and songs. A division of Capitol CMG/Universal Music Group, the world’s leading Christian music company and market leader in recorded music, distribution, and music publishing, Motown Gospel’s artist roster has included Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Smokie Norful, Tye Tribbett, Brian Courtney Wilson, Kierra Sheard, The Clark Sisters and more.

Still We Rise Tracklisting 

  1. Ndezel Uncedo
  2. Thank You Lord
  3. Ka Mehla
  4. Bonginkosi Ngazo
  5. Jesus Is The Lord Medley
  6. Elakho Liphezulu
  7. Sofana Naye
  8. Cela
  9. Sebenza Ngami
  10. Grace and Mercy
  11. The Victory Song
  12. In Christ We Stand
  13. Mayenzeke’ Intando Yakho
  14. Camagu Ngonyama
  15. Days of Elijah
  16. Ngiyanikela

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