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After a successful run last year, it’s that time again when the superstar gospel group, Joyous Celebration, returns with all the classics that made you love them in the first place.
Titled The Rewind with MTN Joyous Celebration Show, the event will include some of the ensemble’s best talent over the past 17 years.
I caught up with Swazi Dlamini, who will also be part of the show, to find out what to expect.
“Well, I’m going to be doing a re-take of my Joyous Celebration hit, I’ve Got Something. I will do it the way I recorded it for my forthcoming album, The Gospel Truth,” she said.
Although Dlamini has pursued a successful solo career, she did admit to missing a few things now that she’s not with Joyous Celebration.
“I miss the touring, being on the road with a lot of people. I miss the friendships and sheer madness that was our group. We had fun,” she recalled.
For anyone who has loved Joyous Celebration from the beginning, The Rewind Show is a good and a bad idea. On the one hand it is good to reflect on the past and enjoy the classics, but on the other, not all of the group’s songs will be played because of time constraints.
However, for Dlamini, this is not even an issue as there is a lot of music by the group which should satisfy their fans.
“Joyous Celebration keeps reinventing itself and introducing new voices and talents with each album. The youngsters bring a fresh take on each album and new sounds, while striking the balance with the fans’ firm favourite songs,” she said.
Apart from Dlamini, more Joyous Celebration alumni from both her generation and others will perform.
“I hear my big sister, Nokukhanya Dlamini, is also rewinding and I hope we get to jazz up our What a Friend diet and bring it to 2013, older and richer vocals included. Oh yes, and Brian Temba will be there, too. We are all from the same cast of Joyous Celebration,” said Dlamini.
Apart from taking her fans back to where she started, Dlamini is in the studio cooking up some new material which, as usual, is going to be nothing short of classic.
“I’m celebrating 10 years of song by releasing the Soul of Me album on the September 20. Then a few months later I will release The Gospel Truth album as part of the My Full Circle Series to say thank you to my jazz and gospel supporters for their love and support. I truly have come full circle,” she said.
“I also produce Lion of Africa Music Expressions – a monthly music feast at the Yamaha Theatre, hosting Ernie Smith on September 20, and I will be launching my album on October 4. There is a lot that is taking up my time,” she explained.
The Joyous Celebration Rewind Show will take place at The Teatro in Montecasino on September 27 and 28. Tickets are available at Computicket.