This is the first album from the revered gospel ensemble under Universal Music Africa and with a distribution deal with Motown Gospel in the US.
It is released in time for Easter celebrations and with the dark shadow of the Coronavirus pandemic that continues to ravage families and leave people destitute hanging heavily.
Even in dire circumstances like this, MTN Joyous Celebration has not lost its fire, if anything, the recording proves that their music remains a dependable balm that goes a long way to soothe troubled souls. “Still We Rise” speaks to the indomitable human spirit and its resilience in the face of adversity.
The recording was conducted without choir master Lindelani Mkhize on stage due to ill health, but he still led from behind the scenes ensuring that the performance remains spirited and uplifting.
The 16 track album is led by singles Ndezel Uncedo and “The Victory Song” that set the tone for a rapturous experience.
Ndenzel Uncedo led by Esethu Mngxuma is taken from the Methodist church Xhosa hymnbook. The rousing traditional hymn is delivered with impeccable rhythm and gusto. It is about finding refuge in God at a time of difficulty, pain and loss.
It is sung by believers who recognize that they cannot get through life on their own, it is only with the grace of God that they can survive troubles. The song resonates with the challenges of today.
Packed with high energy from the first note, “The Victory Song” is a manifestation of God’s unfailing love. Led by the consummate performer and singer Bonginkosi Mthombeni, the track boasts generous doses of spunk and groove.
The swashbuckling dance routine by Bonginkosi is a throwback to the heady days of Michael Jackson and James Brown’s nifty footwork.
“The Victory Song” is not only apt as an acknowledgement of how far the ensemble has come but sets the tone for the future.
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