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Joyous Celebration headline act at Take Me to Church gospel fest

SOUNDS OF JOY: South Africa’s popular gospel outfit, Joyous Celebration , will be performing at a gospel event at Buffalo Park Cricket stadium next month Picture: SINO MAJANGAZA-DAILY DISPATCH
SOUNDS OF JOY: South Africa’s popular gospel outfit, Joyous Celebration , will be performing at a gospel event at Buffalo Park Cricket stadium next month Picture: SINO MAJANGAZA-DAILY DISPATCH

EASTERN Cape people can look forward to a fun and blessed day in October when L.I.E Entertainment hosts all Eastern Cape gospel artists on one stage at the Take Me to Church music festival.

Internationally recognised gospel group Joyous Celebration is the headline act of the event. The group is an inspirational music extravaganza, which comprises of loving interpretations of existing spirituals, traditional hymns and original compositions – all produced by the magical combination of its founders. Show organiser Isiphile Benya said the concept behind Take Me to Church was to invite the people who do not normally go to church to the festival.

“We have organised events before where we invite house, kwaito, hip-hop and afrosoul artists in East London and Mthatha. But now we are targeting a different audience, not saying our usual audience can’t come, but we are catering for the people who do not usually go to our events,” he said.

If the festival is a success, Benya said they will have an international act next year and they are hoping to see at least 7 000 tickets sold before the day of the festival. “We want to create an impression. We have partnered with big sponsors such as Greyhound where, on the day, they will sponsor us with their buses which will go around East London with all the artists, celebrating them and bringing awareness to East London,” Benya said.

There will be no cooler boxes or alcohol allowed at the venue, which is the Buffalo Park Stadium. Tickets are on sale at Computicket at R300 general access and R700 golden circle.

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