[LISTEN] Jabu Hlongwane chats politics, religion & identity in profile interview

Joyous Celebration is a South African Gospel choir which was formed in 1994 following the success of South Africa's first democratic election. The choir was formed by well-known gospel producers Jabu Hlongwane, Lindelani Mkhize and Mthunzi Namba.

Hlongwane says that his identity is not in the things he does but it’s who he is. There’s who you are, and then there’s the things you do and who I am is Jabu Hlongwane.

Who we are is on the inside and success sometimes becomes a barrier that stops you from being what you’re supposed to be says Hlongwane. He adds that people tend to define themselves from gaining a small amount of success when there’s bigger things around the corner.

Fate or faith or whatever word that you use, everybody has their brilliance that is released under the circumstances.

Jabu Hlongwane, co-founder of Joyous Celebration

Hlongwane says that prayer is an amazing power that releases sustenance. He adds that the country was praying and the world was surprised because of the way we shifted from an old regime to a new regime.

A nation that prays is a nation that provides a platform for sustenance.

Jabu Hlongwane, co-founder of Joyous Celebration

Hlongwane says that with any liberation movement, one generation needs to liberate, and another needs to rule the country.

If it’s the same people that liberate and rule, you get a mess like we see now because there is a sense of payday and entitlement.

Jabu Hlongwane, co-founder of Joyous Celebration

Joyous Celebration is one of South Africa's most successful gospel choirs, following acts like The Soweto Gospel Choir. The choir has been sponsored by Giant telecommunications Network MTN, hence the name 'MTN Joyous Celebration’ and they have released 22 albums as of 2018, with their music being successful across the African continent.

WATCH: Joyous Celebration uplifts listeners with harmonies on #702Unplugged

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