Sbu Noah Biography

Sbu Noah (born Sibusiso Desmond Mthembu; 1986 in Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal) is a talented South African Gospel artist. He walked into the limelight after dropping his hit gospel single Hallelujah Nkateko. He is also a member of Joyous Celebration, a South African Gospel choir.


Sbu Noah was born in 1986 in Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He is 34 years old.


Sbu Noah hails from Umlazi and grew up under the care of his mother with his two siblings. He comes from a humble beginning and managed to conquer the challenges that he faced. He was aware of his singing talent but lacked the passion in the field. He focused on his academic pursuit and wanted to make a career out of it.


In 2003, Sbu Noah had his matric and furthered his academic pursuit. Though he encountered challenges as his mum, who was the breadwinner, fell ill and it affected their financial status as a family. He managed to further his academic pursuit in the University and finally graduated with a Degree in Anatomy.


Sbu Noah’s major music breakthrough came during his days as a vocalist under the Joyous Celebration Gospel group. The group’s hit song ‘Hallelujah Nkateko’ made waves in the gospel music scene. His journey in music dates back to the time he watched a backstage talent search audition in Durban. After he was asked to audition, Grace Mahlaba spotted him and progressed to his major music discovery.

In 2008, he started to attend ‘My Father’s House church’ and joined the choir. There, he was spotted by Lindelani Mkhize, a member of the Joyous Celebration Gospel group, and joined the group in 2012.


Sbu Noah has released an album so far titled ‘A David King of Psalm (Live) 2019’. It is his debut official solo studio project that was dropped in 2019 and housed many great tracks.


Sbu Noah has held performances in several Gospel concerts across South Africa. He has also made appearances on television and radio, he is the host of a Gospel show on Dumisa TV.


Sbu Noah has received nominations on various Gospel awards in South Africa. In 2019, he was nominated for the Best Gospel song at the SABC Crown Gospel award.

Joyous Celebrations

Fans and lovers of the music group ‘Joyous Celebrations’ reacted after reports surfaced that Mthembu was leaving. The report covered that he wanted to quit the group to focus on his solo career. A report by Daily Sun covered that the singer had left the award-winning gospel group and was working on a new album. A co-founder of Joyous Celebration, Jabu Hlongwane, shut down the claims saying that Sbu remains an important part of Joyous Celebration. “The claims are not true. He is still with us and we are recording in Cape Town in December.”

By Shamiso Miracle

Shamiso Miracle completed her degree in journalism and media studies at the University of Zimbabwe before honing her skills at Savanna News. She then went on to work at iHarare News, becoming a voice for everyday SA citizens who wanted to share their stories. When she's not writing news that entertains and inspires ,Shamiso is an avid reader and a wellness bunny.

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