The Joy share ‘Amaqatha Amancane’ the second track from their self-titled debut album

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‘Amaqatha Amancane’ was recorded live during one live take at the renowned Church Studios in Crouch End, London during the album session, the track showcases the astonishing vocal talent of the 5 group members – Pastor (Ntokozo Bright Magcaba), Duzie (Melokuhle Mkhungo), Guduza (Sphelele Hlophe), Sthombe (Phelelani Sithole) and Marcus (Sanele Ngcobo) – who have been together since meeting at school.

Explaining the story behind the track, The Joy said:

The track tells the tale of a Sunday at the ‘Shisanyama’, a place where South Africans go to eat, drink, listen to music and hang out. It paints a picture which will be familiar to all South Africans, these are places where people from all backgrounds come together to enjoy themselves and celebrate life. The song itself describes the miserly actions of a chef grilling meat and the calling out of their actions which are firmly not in keeping with the spirit of the ‘Shisanyama’.

The track is accompanied by a video which was filmed by Up The Game (the creative team behind Liam Gallagher: Knebworth 22 and Tonight with: Arlo Parks) at the live recording of the album. Watch it below.

With regards to their astonishing Coachella appearance, it came about after they were hand-selected by Doja Cat as a guest and they provided lead vocals alongside the American rapper on two of her tracks; recent single, ‘Acknowledge Me’ and ‘Shutcho’ which was reimagined to incorporate lyrics in Zulu – you can watch footage of the performance HERE and read more about it at The Guardian (5*) and Billboard.