'The Joy'
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Local vocal group ‘The Joy’ (who began their journey in the township of Hammarsdale) have come such a long and star-studded way to where they are now. Their latest highlight? Performing at Coachella after being hand-selected by Doja Cat herself to take the stage alongside her!


Global (16 April 2024) — Another year of Coachella has started to become synonymous with another year of South African talents getting their shot to showcase on what is considered one of the world’s most famous stages. The latest local group who brought their magic to California’s famed festival? ‘The Joy’!

Hand-picked by none other than Platinum streaming artist Doja Cat (who also has South African roots) to perform alongside her, the Joy got to take the stage and accompany Doja Cat for a her headline performance.


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The vocal group lent their voices for two of her songs ‘Acknowledge Me’ and ‘Shutcho’; the latter reworked to include Zulu lyrics in a proudly South African twist.

Meet The Joy

Pastor (Ntokozo Bright Magcaba), Duzie (Melokuhle Mkhungo), Guduza (Sphelele Hlophe), Sthombe (Phelelani Sithole) and Marcus (Sanele Ngcobo) make up the five-piece group who have come an incredible way from their home township of Hammarsdale. They have been together since high school, where (thanks to a dose of serendipity) each turned up to choir practice earlier than everyone else and began their first jam together.

Together, they went on to win first place in a municipality-wide singing contest, which snowballed into them earning global recognition and fans like Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson.

Indeed, something about their fresh take of the Zulu tradition of a capalla song filled with infectious emotion has undoubtedly cast a spell on music lovers who feel they become part of The Joy when listening to their music, and South Africa couldn’t be more proud of their journey.

However, there’s more good news to look forward to from The Joy! Their opportunity at Coachella was accompanied by other big developments; arriving on the heels of their recent single ‘You Complete Me’; and the buzz that their self-titled album, pencilled for 21 June.

Sources: Supplied; Media Next Music 
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