MTN Joyous Celebration – Believe in your talent and pursue your dreams!

MTN Joyous Celebration – Believe in your talent and pursue your dreams!

Believing in your talent and pursuing your dreams is something that we can learn from Port Elizabeth born-and-bred  Joyous Celebration vocalist, Dr Sylvester Funani who first auditioned for the choir in Joyous 9 and was unsuccessful. 

This did not deter Sylvester, an ordained Pastor with a doctorate in Theology, from attending the shows, which he had attended religiously since Joyous Celebration Tour1 held in 1997. In Joyous 11, he got his first break when he was appointed as the costume manager for the choir. He took this task very seriously as he understood that this opportunity would bring him closer to him realising his dream of being one of the vocalists of the choir. 

Fast-forwarding to a few years later, when Sylvester got his big break and finally made it as one of the choir members – he drew strength from the song “Iyeza”, led by co-founder of the  Joyous Celebration, Pastor Jabu Hlongwane as it is one of the songs that helped him to find his voice. Under the mentorship of Pastor Hlongwane and MTNs continued sponsorship of Joyous Celebration, Sylvester has over the years been able to make his dreams come true. 

 With the  Joyous Celebration Tour23 Cape Town show taking place this coming Saturday, 29 June 2019 at GrandWest Hotel and Casino in Goodwood, fans can access and practice their favourite songs from the exclusive MTN Joyous Celebration album by simply downloading the MTN MusicTime! app or they can download MTN Joyous Celebration CallerTunez – there are great prizes to be won. 

“While we continue to reward our customers with the hottest and most prestigious family friendly music events. We are also mindful of the impact that we have on the choir members, while we champion the showcasing of the best South African musical talent to customers,” O’Sullivan concludes. 

 The Joyous Celebration Tour 23 album, is available on MTN MusicTime!. Tour 23 continues from Cape Town to Mpumalanga (Middelburg) in July:




City / Province

06 July 2019

Steve Tshwete Banquet Hall – Middelburg


02 – 03 August 2019

Durban ICC – Durban


31 August 2019

Border Conference Centre, East London

Eastern Cape

21 September 2019

Sun City, Rustenburg

North West

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