- Friday | September 3, 2021
- 6:30 pm - 11:59 pm
- 112 Susman Avenue, Blairgowrie Randburg Johannesburg. South Africa
- +27 729549711
#TheEncounter2021…”The ENCOUNTER” is a Festival of Praise, hosted by Chuks and Augusta Ozabor, Lead Pastors of GraceHouse Family Church with headquarters in Johannesburg South Africa.
With a God-inspired vision that “the power to rise is in Praise” according to (Psalm 67:5-7), “The Encounter” was born on 1st July, 2016 with Marvin Sapp, Frank Edwards, Don Moen, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Cece Winans ministering and a great number of worshipers at the Mosaek Teatro Fairlands, Johannesburg.
An atmosphere of unhindered praise, intimate worship, overflowing love, peace, unity, miracles and total victory in God’s awesome presence are a few things presented at “The Encounter” Praise Festivals.
This year, “The ENCOUNTER(4) [Virtual Global Edition] presents a unique worship experience because God’s presence, power and potency is coming to you right in your homes. God will indeed put a new song in your mouths in Jesus name.
Don Moen whom we fondly call “Uncle Don” is no stranger to GraceHouse; he has featured in all the previous “The ENCOUNTER” Praise Festivals from 2016 till date.
Don believes that God put him on this planet, “To be an architect who designs products and events that help people experience God’s presence in a new and fresh way.” even though he has written, produced and directed hundreds, if not thousands of successful songs.
He grew up in Minnesota before moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to attend Oral Roberts University. There, his musical gifts caught the eye of Terry Law, who asked Don to join his worship team, Living Sound, which ministered in communist countries throughout Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Don eventually joined the staff of Integrity, and served as President of Integrity Music and executive vice president/creative director for Integrity Media. In these roles, he spoke into the production of hundreds of products including all of the CDs and worship resources produced by Integrity Label Group. As an artist in his own right, Don has sold over five million units.
In addition to his writing and recording, Don makes time to tour domestically and abroad and is as popular overseas as he is at home in the U.S. His travels for concerts and seminars have taken him to Ghana, South Africa, Singapore, the Philippines, South Korea, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Guatemala, Honduras, and elsewhere.
Today, Don is President of Don Moen Productions in Nashville,Tennessee, where he resides with his wife Laura and five children.
#TheEncounter2021…Emmanuel Benjamin also known as EBEN is a familiar face @”The ENCOUNTER” stage, as he has featured in 2 consecutive ENCOUNTER events. A minister of the gospel with a unique grace to teach and minister God’s word in songs. A versatile gospel artiste with the call of God on His life, he released his debut album in 2006 November titled “On The Rock” with hit songs like ‘Imaranma’, ‘God Dey’, ‘Iwo Nikan’ and ‘I Don Hammer’ to mention a but a few. With this album, he introduced a new genre he called ‘Afro Rock’, a genre that inspires so many artistes today. In 2010, he went on to release a follow-up album titled “Phenomenon” with hit songs like ‘Imela Papa’, ‘Siya Nma Nma’, and ‘Super Man’.
In 2013, he released yet another album but a worship album titled “Justified”. This album reveals the worshiper in EBEN with hit songs like ‘You Alone Are Worthy’, ‘Jesus How I Love You’, ‘Onye Nwem’, ‘Forever’ and ‘All The Way’, (a praise song that is blessing believers all around the world).
Just recently, he released another worship album titled “Magnified” with awesome songs like ‘Stayed On You’, ‘Lifted Hands, ‘Idi Nma’,and ‘Everything’.This album is currently enjoying massive air-play.
A multi-award winning Artiste, both internationally and locally, he won ‘Best Album’, West Africa 2013 AGMA UK, Song-Writer Of The Year 2014, 2015 and 2016 at the BLW Awards, Worship Song Of The Year 2014, 2015 and 2016 BLW Awards, Album Of The Year 2014 Crystal Awards, just to mention a few. A lover of God, he is happily married to Jahdiel, a wonderful gospel music minister and they are blessed with two sons.
“From Zambia 🇿🇲 with Love”,..We present to you: King Mumbi, popularly known as “Kings Malembe Malembe”. He hails from Northern Zambia 🇿🇲 and he is a favorite @GraceHouse and #TheEncounter Praise Festivals with his vibrant and electrifying afro beat praise ministrations of which his hit song titled “Alikula”🎵🎶 is a winner anyday. King Mumbi believes he is called to make God’s unconditional love known to people through praise and worship. He started singing at the age of 7 and has grown to be a renowned worship/praise leader in The body of christ.
His debut Album ‘Uwampela Ameno’ featured breath-taking collaborations with the likes of Christine, Papa Bruno Philimon, Collins, Carol Cloud and Pillar just to mention but a few, introduced Kings Mumbi to Zambian big stage.
Kings Mumbi is a humble and influential gospel artiste known for his energetic LIVE performances. He has 6 successful Albums to his credit which carry a message of revival, hope and salvation in Christ. These Albums are:
1).”Uwampela Ameno” (2).”Pye Pye Pye” (3).”No retreat.” (4). “Shut up.” (5).”Alikula”. (6).”Fix me” and his latest offering out now (7).”Twapalwabfye”.
Kings has travelled to different nations of the world preaching the gospel of Christ as well as giving his testimonies on how God has lifted him from a street boy to stardom by His grace. We gladly welcome Kings Mumbi Malembe to South Africa 🇿🇦.. #TheEncounter2021
#TheEncounter2021…@mercychinwo(Mercy Chinwo) is a Nigerian gospel musician. An accomplished singer and songwriter, she won the “Nigerian Idol Season 2” in 2012. Mercy is a powerful vocalist and a renowned songstress in the Nigerian music industry. She is currently signed to Eezee Conceptz record label.
Mercy Nnenda Chinwo was born on September 5, 1990 in Port Harcourt, Rivers state. She is the fourth child in a family of five (first daughter). Mercy Chinwo got involved in music at a very early age, being a member of the children’s choir in her church and transitioning to the adult choir prior to launching her musical career.
MM1, as she’s fondly called, started her musical career by lending her vocals to musical projects by gospel music artistes such as Sammie Okposo, Joe Praize, Buchi, Chris Morgan, and Preye Odede.
Mercy Chinwo dropped her first single titled “Testimony” in 2015, a year later she dropped her second single titled “Igwe.”
Her major breakthrough came in 2018 with the song “Excess Love” which gained so much popularity and confirmed her musical ability.
In 2018, Mercy Chinwo was awarded the Best Gospel Artiste at the CLIMAX Awards 2018. In 2019, at the maiden edition of the Africa Gospel Awards Festival (AGAFEST 2019) Mercy Chinwo was named winner in three categories namely Africa Gospel New Artist of the Year, Africa Gospel Female Artist of the Year and Africa Gospel Song of the Year “Excess Love”. Notably, the categories she won contained the likes of Sinach, Prospa Ochimana and Tim Godfrey. We gladly welcome Mercy Chinwo to South Africa 🇿🇦..
#TheEncounter2021…Takie (Aubrey Takalani) Ndou is an anointed Gospel artist, a song writer and music producer born and bred in Venda, Limpopo. Growing up in a village (Hamutsha) that had just enough opportunities to nurture and grow talent, the middle child of five siblings never shied away in expressing his love for soccer and music at an early age. Having faced the challenges that many of us can attest to when arriving at the city of gold. Takie was persistent until he became a qualified IT Specialist who worked for a period of two years before pursuing his music ministry on a full-time basis. Amongst other things that are dear to the Psalmist, is fathering his two boys.
With his fresh sound and highly anointed voice, he continues to make a great impact in the gospel industry since 2013 and his music has grown in South Africa, the continent and all over the world. His last three albums (Psalmist, Psalms of Hope and Hope Arise) were well received in the market and all achieved Gold status.
With the “Takie Ndou Live Virtual Show” that happened during the global pandemic on the 17th of October, 2020, Takie recorded his latest album titled “THE GREAT REVIVAL” which was released in April 2021. The album intends to bring a great revival to the country and people around the world during these unprecedented times and beyond. With the songs of revival such as “Imvula Iyeta”, “Ndi Vhone Ndila”, “Ngiyavuma”, “Who Am I”, “Through All”, “Nyararal” and many more. This album will definitely revive your faith.
Takie has recently collaborated with various gospel artists and groups such as Spirit of Praise, Gospel Goes Classical, Tshwane Gospel Choir, Dr Rebecca Malope, Bishop Benjamin Dube, Vashawn Mitchell (USA), Folu (Nigeria), Johah Chivasa (Zimbabwe), Sipho Makhabane, Sipho Ngwenya, the late Prophet Neyi Zimu, pastor Collen Maluleke to name just a few.
Having performed in South Africa’s biggest shows like; “Gospel Goes Classical”, “Spiritual Awakening”, “Macufe Festival”, “Mapungubwe Festival”, “Royal Heritage Festival”, “Spirit of Praise”, “Sacred fest”, “Crown Gospel Awards”, “Gospel Gold Tour” to mention a few. Takie has toured countries like the USA, Germany, Trinidad and Tobago, Rwanda, Swaziland, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zimbabwe,and many more. Takie is a sought after, household name in the South African Gospel Music industry.
Making his debut on The ENCOUNTER stage, let’s give a warm welcome to the magnificent Psalmist, Takie Ndou.
#TheEncounter2021.. Its is such a joy to welcome @nathanielblow to TheEncounter South Africa 🇿🇦 . Pastor Nathaniel Bassey is a Nigerian 🇳🇬 gospel artist. He is popularly known for some of his songs “Imela”, “Onise Iyanu”, “Olowogbogboro” and “Hallelujah”.
Nathaniel Bassey is the convener of “#HallelujahChallenge”, an online worship program streamed on various social media platforms from 12 midnight to 1:00am typically, for 30 days. “HallelujahChallenge” does not only record very high viewership and participation but have recorded numerous testimonies on its account.
Natheniel’s Father, Mr .E. Joshua Bassey, was a minister in The Apostolic church and from an early age he developed a love for both music and the gospel.
He was inspired when he saw Dr Panam Percy Paul, a prominent Nigerian gospel artist in a concert over 2 decades ago.
As time passed, Nathaniel began sensing a deep yearning within. There was more to his music than he thought; he later took time off his numerous mainstream commitments to seek the Lord.
As he developed an intimate fellowship with the Holy Spirit, he realized that music was more than an item to fill a space in time but was a fundamental tool in the praise and worship of the Lord. Soon after, a music ministry was born and for Nathaniel, the main thrust was WORSHIP- Music of heaven-one that ministered exclusively to the Lord and an avenue through which He related with His people.
His trumpet playing, coupled with a calm singing style has ushered many in concerts, crusades and churches into the presence of the Lord. His passion for music has grown and translated into various musical experiences.
He writes, sings and produces his own music and records with divers groups of musicians both locally and internationally.
He lives in Lagos, Nigeria and he is happily married with two kids.
We look forward to an unforgettable experience with Pastor Nathaniel Bassey at #TheENCOUNTER (4.) Virtual Global Edition. Its a festival of praise 🙌
#TheEncounter2021…Tim Godfrey is a Nigerian gospel singer, producer, songwriter, music teacher, vocal instructor, art training consultant and writer.
Timothy Chukwudi Godfrey was born on the 26th of August in Kaduna, Nigeria, to Mr and Mrs Victor Godfrey. Tim is the second child of his parent’s six children. He had his early education in Kaduna, though he hails from Abia State.
Tim Godfrey started music in 2004 and has since then, grown into one of the biggest gospel music stars in Africa. He is also music director and founder of a gospel group called “Tim Godfrey and the Xtreme Crew”.
Growing up, Tim had a flare for good music, so he joined the adult choir of his church in Kaduna, and self-taught himself how to play different musical instruments. Before he took on singing as a career, he used to be a footballer. As a footballer, he attended the Pepsi Academy and had participated in the Governor’s Cup.
Tim has performed at concerts and churches across the world. He has also collaborated with several international gospel artistes and is a multi-award winner, who has helped in transforming gospel music in Nigeria.
He received a doctorate in Fine Art and Musicology in 2018, at the Trinity International University of Ambassadors, Georgia, USA.
Tim Godfrey and Xtreme crew performed on the same stage with Sammie Okposo, Sunny Neji, Folake Omusen at the Kora Awards, 2005. The award ceremony took place in South Africa.
Also in 2006, they performed at the Ghana Music Awards and toured five American States. In 2017, the crew started the “Fearless Worship Concert”, which holds annually. They have also had several appearances at “The Experience” – a musical concert organized yearly by “The Rock Cathedral”. We gladly welcome Tim Godfrey for the 3rd time to The ENCOUNTER stage. #TheEncounterJoburg, it’s a Festival of Praise 🙌🙌
#TheEncounter2021…@TravisGreeneTv is a trail blazer. Celebrated and notably recognized for his quintessential influence both in the gospel music realm and ministry, Travis Greene continues to reach new heights, beyond those that led him to being an inspirational trailblazer in his own right.
Throughout his incredible, well-earned musical journey, he has been nominated for 13 Stellar Awards, 3 Dove Awards, Billboard Music Awards and a Soul Train Award. In 2016, Billboard named him “Gospel Airplay Artist of the Year.” As of 2020, Travis has also broken the record for debuting at #1 in the Gospel genre of Apple music.
Travis Greene’s unparalleled trajectory has been documented everywhere from Billboard, Rolling Stone, TMZ and the New York Times, Rolling Out, JET, Ebony, ESSENCE, and Vibe. His interview by Ebro Darden exclusively for Apple Music/Beats 1 Radio in December 2019 – has placed him as the only other artist in his genre, aside from Kirk Franklin, to be featured on the show.
With a celebrated roster of albums ranked on Billboard’s Top Gospel Album Charts, his newest work, Broken Record is just as triumphant. A distinction from all his other albums is significantly heard throughout the album, indicating what Greene noted as “zero pressure” to live up to expectations while recording. The two time Grammy nominee has recently earned his 4th #1 spot on Billboard for his newest single off of Broken Record – Won’t Let Go.
From North America to the world, please welcome the incomparable Travis Greene again to #TheEncounterJoburg 🙌🙌🙌