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Joyous 11
This spiritual uplifting album was recorded live before a packed and vibrant audience at the Sun City
Superbowl on 11 November 2006 as part of Joyous Celebration’s 10th anniversary celebration because in the
past ten years this formidable choral outfit and band had become a gospel institution and a springboard for
raw talent
Featured on the 18 track Joyous 11 album are gospel greats such as Sipho Makhabane singing “Zawa
Indonga”, Mthunzi Namba rendering “Amen”, the talented Ntokozo Mbambo doing “In the Shadow” and the
group’s album is never complete without its stalwarts, Jabu Hlongwane and Vuyo Mokoena adding the
required Holy fire to this album
Joyous Celebration is an academy of excellence for those who dream of hitting the big time. As a minefield of
latent talent, the rough gems it has polished into shining diamonds ranges from jazz stars to gospel greats.
Names such as, Nokukhanya Dlamini, Sabata Masoka, Ntokozo Mbambo, Margaret Motsage, the late Wendy
Mseleku, and the award winning Ernie Smith and Swazi Dlamini easily come to mind. Joyous Celebration has
made an illustrious contribution to South African music in general and gospel in particular.
At the core of this choral outfit’s outstanding success is the charismatic leadership of Mthunzi Namba, Jabu
Hlongwane and the maestro, Lindelani Mkhize. As the group’s co-founders they have provided their charges
with the technical expertise and artistic experience to reach greater heights in this tough music industry.
The sweet voices of the group have entertained audiences even beyond our borders. Their first major
overseas tour was in 2004 when they blessed packed auditoriums in the UK. They got standing ovation at all
their performances although they sang in African languages.
The group has worked with some of America’s US top gospel artists including Ray Chew, musical director at
the Apollo Theatre in New York and Anthony Faulkner, a gospel singer who lists Yolanda Adams amongst
many first rate artists he has collaborated with.
This Joyous Celebration 11 album is bound to add blessings to the loyal followers who have so far pushed
sales figures of all the group’s albums to 1.5 million units during the past 11 years
LYRICS
JOYOUS CELEBRATION 11

TITLE: 1 IN THE SHADOW

SINGER: NTOKOZO MBAMBO

I know a place I can always run to


In times of distress confusion and fear
When my enemy surrounds me
I know I'm safe, for you keep me
And hide me in the shadow of your wings

In the shadow of your wings


I know I am safe
In the shadow of your wings
I find relief, for you hold me
And guide me with your righteous hand
I find rest peace of mind
In the shadow of your wings

The Lord is my shield


He's a healer of my soul
He's the tower of strength
My redeemer my keeper
When my heart is filled with sorrow
For you're a lifter of my head
You surround me with favour
And you satisfy my soul

CHORUS

In the shadow of your wings


I know I am safe
It's in the shadow of his wings
That's where I find relief
For he holds me, he guides
With his righteous hand
I find rest peace of mind
It's all in the shadow of his wings
Yes in the shadow of his wings
Hallelujah I know I'm safe
It's in the shadow of his wings
I find relief hey
Oh he holds me and he guides me
With his righteous hand
I find rest, peace of mind in the shadow

Thank you Jesus for making me safe


I know I'm safe in the shadow of his wings
That's where I find relief, for he holds me
He guides me with his righteous hand
I find rest peace of mind in the shadow
(I am safe in the shadow of his wings)
He keeps me, he holds me, I'm safe from harm
In the Almighty’s hand, I'm safe from harm
Yes I am, I'm safe from destruction yes I am
I'm safe nothing can touch me when I'm in the shadow
Nothing can harm me when I'm in the shadow
I'm safe in his arms; I’m safe in his presence
I'm safe in his arms; the devil can't touch me in his presence
The devil can't touch me in the shadow of his wings
I'm safe from harm (x4)

No weapon formed against me shall prosper


I'm safe (Repeat)
I'm safe in his arms
I'm safe with Jesus, I'm safe
TITLE: 2 AMEN

SINGER: MTHUNZI NAMBA

Amen (x8) Jesus (x8) Saviour (x8)


Provider (x8) Healer (x8) Father (x8)

TITLE: 3 JESU KE MMOLOKI

SINNGER: VUYO MOKOENA

Ha le lakatsa ho tseba
Mamelang ha ke le tjwetsa
Ke le sopisa tsela
Jeso ke mmoloki waka
O ngkethetsi bodolong
Kea morata o a nthata
O nehile bophilo

TITLE: 4 GREAT IS YOUR NAME

SINGER: JOYOUS CELEBRATION CHOIR

Great is your name O Lord


Great is your name (x2)
How wonderful is your name

How wonderful
How wonderful (x2)
Great is your name O Lord

We magnify your name


(We magnify your name) (x4)
We magnify your precious name

Great is your name O Lord


Great is your name (x2)
How wonderful is your name

How wonderful
How wonderful (x2)
Great is your name O Lord

TITLE: 5 NKOSI YAMI

SINGER: JOYOUS CELEBRATION CHOIR

Nkosi yami, Nkosi yami


Nkosi yami, baba siyakuthanda (x2)
Wasifela thina ngokuba usuthanda
Wanqamlezwa wena wawungenacala (x2)

Nkosi yami, Nkosi yami


Nkosi yami, baba siyakuthanda (x2)
Wasifela thina ngokuba usuthanda
Wanqamlezwa wena wawungenacala (x2)

Amen (x7) Amen (7)


Amen, amen, amen, amen

TITLE: 6 BAYEDE

SINGER: XOLANI SITHOLE

Bayede uyingcwele
INkosi yamakhosi leyo
(INkosi yamakhosi)
Bayede yingcwele
UyiNkosi yamakhosi

Manje ngiza kuwe


(Ngithahandaza wena Nkosi yethu)
Ngoba wena uyiNkosi unjalo nje

CHORUS

Hail King of Zion


Hail King of Lords
You beautiful in your Holiness
I talk about the son of man
Saviour, Saviour, Saviour, Saviour
Jesus Christ
I talk about the son of man
Jesus, Jesus, Christ

Makwenzimanga
Manje ngiza kuwe

TITLE: 7 ZAWA INDONGA

SINGERS: SIPHO MAKHABANE

Zawa indonga zeJerikho


O ngithi ziyawa, wo ziyawa
Tshelumakhelwane ziyawa (x2)
Mhlebele ziyawa awu ziyawa

Ziyaw' indonga
(Zawa indonga ze Jerikho)
Ziyaw' indonga
(Zawa zawela le)

(Uhlaleleni bo awubini ziyawa


Zawa zawelela le)

TITLE: 8 MORENA
SINGER: WILLIAM SEJAKE

CHORUS Morena ke o tsepile


Le fika laka mehla (x2)
O wena ke kehlile
Ke gkotso thabo fela (x2)

O kese qhoboshiyane
O lele o yi tsepo
O nthose ke sebeletse
Ho leli matswenyeho

CHORUS

E ha ke fumana tsileng
Dijwale mokgthala
Ha ke le qhoboshiyane
Dira de mphihlela

CHORUS

TITILE: 9 VUS' OWAKHO

SINGER: JABU HLONGWANE AND SIPHO MAKHABANE

O baba vuso wakho umsebenzi


(Vus' owakho, umsebenzi libatshazwi igama lakho)
Thel’ umoya oyingcwele
Phezu kwabantwana bakho
Vus' owakho umsebenzi
Libatshazw 'igama lakho

TITLE: 10 NGIZOKUBULELA

SINGER: HLENGIWE DLAMINI

Ngizakubulela kuye owangihawukela


Ngoba uthando lwakhe lunami impilo yam' yonke (x2)

Insindiso yakhe ikumi ngasosonke isikhathi


Uwehlisela amathamsanqa umphefumlo wami

Ngizakubambelela kuye kuze kufike usuku


Ngeke ngiyikhonze enyiNkosi nguwe umhlengi wami

Insindiso yakhe ikumi ngasosonke isikhathi


Uwehlisela amathamsanqa umphefumlo wami

Ngizakubambelela kuye kuze kufike usuku


TITLE: 11 THE LORD WILL

SINGER: JOYOUS CELEBRATION CHOIR

(Humming)
The Lord will fight my battles for me
And he has given the victory (x2)

There’s no need to worry


There's no need to fret
The Lord God almighty
Has never failed me yet (x2)

And he has given the victory (x2)

UJehova uzonginqobela konke


Uyinqaba yami ungumelusi wami (x2)
Ungesabi lutho ungapheli amandla
UJehova unawe angeke akushiye (x2)

Uyinqaba yami ungumelesi wami (x4)

TITLE: 12 JOYOUS CELEBRATION

SINGER: NKANYISO BHENGU

This is a joyous, a joyous celebration


And we are free free indeed
This is a joyous,
Come and celebration with us
And we are free, free indeed

It's amazing where we've been


It’s amazing where we come from as a people
Never thought we would be here today
Good God almighty (Good God almighty)
It's all because of you
That's why we raise our voices each and everyday

CHORUS

Free indeed in Christ we are free (x2)


(Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there's liberty)
So lift your voices and sing

CHORUS

Hail, hail, hail, hail


We are praising, dancing, jumping, clapping
This is what we do
Bouncing, shaking, shouting and screaming
(This is what we do)
(Praise him)
(This is what we do)

TITLE: 13 ZINGELOSI
SINGER: BUKIWE TWANI

Zizwe zonke dumisani uJehova wemikhosi


Vuthelani macilongo O nimdumise oyiNkosi (x2)

Bantu bonke lalelani uJehova wemikhosi


Phendukani buyelani kuJehova oyiNkosi (x2)

Hlabelela mhlaba wonke


UJehova wemikhosi (X2)
Haleluya dumisa,
UJehova wemikhosi (X2)

Mdumiseni yena
Oh mdumiseni ngakho konke onako
Umdumise ngokuhlabelela
UJehova oyiNkosi
Wena mdumiseni
Ngithi umbethel'ingqungqu
Mbethel'uhhadi UJehova
Mbethel' imigubhu, mbethel'uhhadi
Mdumise wenze nje

Hlabelela mhlaba wonke


UJehova wemikhosi
Haleluya dumisa,
UJehova wemikhosi

TITLE: 14 ROMA NNA

SINGER: NTOMBIZODWA MAHLANGU

CHORUS Roma nna di tjabeng


Ha ke fetla ke rapele

Ha le batla ho tsiba ka
Se phiri sa di thapelo
Le botsise magwala hle
Magwala hla le botsa

CHORUS

TITLE: 15 NDICELA NTONYE

SINGER: NOBATHEMBU MABHEKA

Ndicela ntony' endifunayo mna


Ndihalekuwe
Ndicela lent'inye mna
Jesu ndihlale kuwe (x2)

Inxaki yami andinawo amandla


Jesu mna ndicela kuwe
(Andinawamandla Yesu mna ndicela kuwe)

Hhaybo amandla awekho bo


Amandla awekho bo
Mna ndicela kuwe

TITLE: 16 ZWONAKA

SINGER: NDUVHUWO MATUMBA

TITLE: 17 I'LL GO

SINGER: JOYOUS CELEBRATION CHOIR

Wherever you want me Lord to go


(I'll go)
Even on the mountain, down the valley
(I'll go)
And to the ends of the world Lord take me
(I'll go)
I submit myself to you, to you
Oh I submit myself to you, to you Oh Lord
Your will, your plans, your direction, your purposes (x13)

TITLE: 18 I'LL BE THERE

SINGER: SIMPHIWE KHUMALO

When you go through the fire


I'll be right there with you
When you cross the deep waters
I will hold you in my arms
When it seems it's getting colder
Be not afraid
There's a place you can run to
Where there's peace for your soul
Remember there's a promise for you
Just be still, hold on

CHORUS I'll be there when you call my name


Just know you can, count on me
I'll hold you in my arms so you won't let go
Trust in me, take my hand, just be strong
I'll be there, be there for you (x2)

This life can be harder


This world can be lonely
You have prayed and prayed for so long
And seems nobody cares
Everything you've done is falling apart
But don't be discouraged
There's a friend who won't leave you
He's faithful and true
You got to hold to his unchanging care

CHORUS

And I will always be there for you (Repeat)


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