Mbalenhle who is affectionately known as Mbali, joined the MTN Joyous Celebration choir in October 2017 during the first rehearsal for MTN Joyous Celebration 22 recording. Although she knew she was a good singer, she didn’t just sit and wait to be discovered. She actively went out and auditioned at Music Factory (Baseline) in Newtown, Johannesburg and because of her determination – her life was changed forever.
“I had to do something because at home we were depended on my grandmother’s pension grant, so l started getting involved in the industry by being a back-up singer for some established artists so l could help out at home.” Adding that when she heard about the MTN Joyous Celebration auditions, she went for it without any hesitation.
“At home, I’m the only person who is employed and through Joyous Celebration and the help of MTN – l can provide for my family,” Mbali affirms.
Mbali also recognises the great mentorship that she receives from the MTN Joyous Celebration founders: Mr Jabu Hlongwane, Mr Lindelani Mkhize and Mr Mthunzi Namba who not only teach the choir members music and the notes, but also coach and guide them on how to behave as people who are in the public space, they teach them the business side of the industry as well.
Her advice to those who are also working hard towards attaining their dreams is “What you are going through now prepares you for your future and it will only make sense when you get there.” She encourages everyone not be too hard on themselves as she believes that everything happens in God’s time and chance is given to everyone. Mbali encourages youth that is looking up to her by saying: “If it’s not yet your time, keep practising and sharpen your talent, your breakthrough will also come.”
North West fans can access and practice their favourite songs from the exclusive MTN Joyous Celebration album in preparation for the concert this coming weekend. There are no data or subscription costs payable. Alternatively, they can download MTN Joyous Celebration CallerTunez. MTN Joyous Celebration followers in North West have a chance to meet their idols on Friday, 21 September from 14:00 to 16:00 at Phokeng Mall and Moruleng Mall. There will be prizes to be won.