IT WAS LIT: Gospel singer Nomthi Sishi
IT WAS LIT: Gospel singer Nomthi Sishi
LIVE ON STAGE: Phumzile Ndlangamandla Luthuli
LIVE ON STAGE: Phumzile Ndlangamandla Luthuli
LEADING THE CHOIR: Co-founder and conductor Lindelani Mkhize
LEADING THE CHOIR: Co-founder and conductor Lindelani Mkhize
HEAL THE LAND THEME: Gospel singers of Joyous Celebration in action
HEAL THE LAND THEME: Gospel singers of Joyous Celebration in action
TAKING THE LEAD: Gospel singer Ncebakazi Msomi showcasing her talent on stage
TAKING THE LEAD: Gospel singer Ncebakazi Msomi showcasing her talent on stage
STELLAR SHOW: MTN Joyous Celebration staged a two-night show at the Good Hope Christian Centre Church in Ottery over the weekend to a packed house
STELLAR SHOW: MTN Joyous Celebration staged a two-night show at the Good Hope Christian Centre Church in Ottery over the weekend to a packed house
WHAT AN AWESOME FEELING: Gospel singer Sylvester Funani was oppit leading the choir on the stage
WHAT AN AWESOME FEELING: Gospel singer Sylvester Funani was oppit leading the choir on the stage
ON THEIR FEET: The ensemble captivated the excited crowd
ON THEIR FEET: The ensemble captivated the excited crowd
DANCING ALL NIGHT LONG: Audience at the Joyous Celebrations concert
DANCING ALL NIGHT LONG: Audience at the Joyous Celebrations concert
Joy to the world – that’s what MTN Joyous Celebration brought to the Cape Flats over the weekend.

The stage was lit as Africa’s most successful gospel choir showcased their latest offering in Ottery.

The Good Hope Christian Centre was packed to capacity for the two-night event of the J21 tour.

It’s called J21 because it’s the 21st instalment of the annual Joyous Celebration concert.

On Friday night, the show opened with quotes, videos and pictures of iconic human rights activists Martin Luther King Jnr. and Nelson Mandela, to complement the Heal Our Land theme.

Headed by Pastor Jabu Hlongwane, the multi-award winning Gospel ensemble had mense on their feet with their songs.

Whether it was praise or worship songs, sang in most of South Africa’s 11 official languages, people joyously sang along.

Dr Neville McDonald, the head of the Good Hope Christian Centre church, welcomed the crowd to his large kerk.

Commenting on the status of SA’s economy, which was recently downgraded to junk status by Standard and Poor’s, he urged people not to lose hope but to trust in God to heal our land.

“I am here to tell you we are not junk status, but instead we are gold status. This is a joyous celebration and we will pray for healing in our land,” the pastor said.

People were standing in line early to make sure they get lekker seats.

Angelique Johannes said she wanted to make sure she gets as close to the stage as possible. “I have always dreamt about watching Joyous Celebration live, I grew up watching them on TV but now they’re in Cape Town...this is awesome.”