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Universal Music Africa and Motown Gospel sign South African group superstars Joyous Celebration


Universal Music Africa (UMA), division of Universal Music Group (UMG), signed with South Africa’s iconic gospel group MTN Joyous Celebration.

Backed by US-based Motown Gospel, which will release their music in the United States and Canada, the signing takes place as the award-winning group prepares for the release of their second album. 25 of them at Easter this year.

MTN Joyous Celebration was founded in 1996 by Lindelani Mkhize, Jabu Hlongwane and Mthunzi Namba.

The group has achieved platinum sales for their CDs and DVDs and received numerous awards at major South African music awards including the SA Music Awards (SAMA), MetroFM Music Awards and Crown Gospel Music Awards. .

They have also accumulated millions of views above YouTube with over 460,000 subscribers.

Motown Gospel’s artist roster includes names like Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Smokie Norful, Tye Tribbett, Brian Courtney Wilson, Kierra Sheard, The Clark Sisters and more.

“MTN Joyous Celebration has achieved unrivaled success over the past 25 years, in which they entertained and inspired South Africans, Africans and the world using gospel music and their inspiration. surname.”

Sipho Dlamini, Universal Music Group

Sipho Dlamini, Managing Director, Universal Music Group, South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa, said: “MTN Joyous Celebration has achieved unrivaled success over the past 25 years, in which they entertained and inspired people. South Africa, Africans and the world by absorbing their gospel and inspirational music.

“This is an exciting opportunity to take part in the next phase of their incredible journey, as they continue to grow, inspire, spread culture and positivity, and reach out to an audience. new all over the world.

He added: “We welcome Joyous to UMG and look forward to working together on many different platforms to help open up exciting new opportunities.

“At UMG, we are also involved in live event production, artist reservations and touring, brand development and content creation in a variety of formats including film, television and online, So being able to combine what we do with what Joyous has done so well is truly a dream collaboration. “

“We are delighted to support our Universal Music Africa family as they introduce the Joyous Celebration brand to a global audience.”

EJ Gaines and Monica Coates, Motown Celebration

“Joyous Celebration has a 25-year reputation for excellence in music,” said EJ Gaines and Monica Coates, Co-CEO, Motown Gospel.

“We are delighted to support our Universal Music Africa family as they introduce the Joyous Celebration brand to a global audience.”

“We are revived, we have a new energy as we turn things around to reach the next prodigious level.”

Lindelani Mkhize

Mkhize added: “After all the experiences of the past 25 years and the changes in the world and new industry dynamics, we are delighted to go in this new direction with a new purpose.

“We are revived, we have a new energy as we turn things around to reach the next prodigious level.”

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Universal Music on this journey as we’re celebrating its 25th anniversary. There have been crazy ups and downs but we’re still here. “

Jabu Hlongwane

Jabu Hlongwane said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Universal Music on this journey as we are celebrating its 25th anniversary. There have been crazy ups and downs but we’re still here.

“This milestone album is so special for us, 25 years is not a short time. We are especially delighted that this partnership opens us up new territories, new things, new perspectives, we need change.

“We also want to tell everyone that season 25 of Happy Celebrations is being prepared and they should look forward to it soon. It will be ready before Easter. “Worldwide music business

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