Gospel group Joyous Celebration perform at Carnival City in Brakpan. Photo: Supplied

Johannesburg - Joyous Celebration never fail to entertain their audience with their many praise and worship compositions.

This Easter weekend saw the choral ensemble, made up of 45 members, thrill their fans with songs from their latest CD and DVD offering.

The three-day concert, from Friday to on Sunday, was held at the Big Top Arena in Carnival City, with each show lasting up to four-and-a-half hours.

Gospel greats and Joyous Celebration co-founders Jabu Hlongwane and Mthunzi Namba were two of the many surprise performances at the show.

The gospel outfit are now on their 18th project and are growing from strength to strength.

The One Purpose album was recorded in December and the group have since been doing a promotional tour.

Featuring 39 songs, including Nkosi Yezulu, ’Tis So Sweet, Umile Phakade, Nguwe Jehova and Hope of Glory, the album will not only be the biggest, but also promises to be a major hit.

The weekend performances included solos, duets, quartets, poetry and short messages of praise that kept the audience on its feet.

Conductor and co-founder Lindelani Mkhize was his usual jubilant self, encouraging the audience to sing along.

Singing sensations Sphumelele Mbambo, Ayanda Shange, Hlengiwe Ntombela and Mkhululi Bhebhe used their voices as instruments of praise and worship, evoking the Easter weekend message of renewal and resurrection through their renditions of popular traditional gospel songs.

Power hits such as Uyakhazimula, Ntate Ke Mang and Wasara, Wasara left some in the audience in tears.

Saturday night’s show ended a little after midnight, ushering in the day of Jesus Christ’s resurrection in song.

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