Joyous stage 'life-changing' show in Gaborone

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By Bakang Mhaladi

Gaborone - Celebrated South African gospel outfit, Joyous Celebration, known for bringing its 'A Game' to their shows, did not disappoint Gaborone gospel music lovers, with a flawless set on Saturday night.

The multi-award winning group has set the bar high, with shows across the globe and their first visit to Botswana since 2011, saw them maintain their lofty standards.

The show, dubbed 'Life Changing Concert' had the fans eating out of the palms of the band's hands, as they moved the appreciative crowd.

The sold out crowd sang along to their songs drawn from various genres across their 22 albums.

In particular, the crowd sang along loudest to the popular, ‘Lona ba ratang hophela’ and ‘Jeso rato la hao’, ‘Ngiyavuma’ and ‘Angiyindawo’. ‘Modimo a le teng’ was another crowd favourite as the 22-year-old band left no stone unturned in its bid to dish out a show to remember.

It was a classy show, which eased the 'pain' of the exorbitant ticket prices. The cheapest ticket was selling for P300, but the crowd filled the 5,000 seater arena, evidence of the group's popularity in Botswana.

One eye-catching performance was from the visually impaired Tshepo Nkadimeng, who belted hymns like ‘Letsu La Gago’ and ‘Dumelang Bana Ba Ntate’ with so much aplomb.

Since formation in 1996, the group has produced several talented gospel musicians and helped launch their solo careers over the years.

Well-known gospel producers, Lindelani Mkhize, Jabu Hlongwane and Mthunzi Namba have seen Joyous Celebration evolve into a massive platform for upcoming South African artists.

Show organiser, Joseph Manuel was happy with the night's proceedings at the University of Botswana Indoor Sports Complex.

He said with the good turn out, it was evident that Batswana like Joyous Celebration and the concert would be made an annual event.

"We want to make it the best show in the country. Admittedly, there were a few gray areas and hope the next show will be bigger. We have signed a five-year contract with the group, and the show will be held every August," Manuel said.

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