Ugandan group breaks longest applause record by clapping for over three hours
Phaneroo Ministries, a well-known Ugandan Christian group managed by Grace Lubega Matovu, recently celebrated their ninth anniversary by gathering hundreds of members to break the Guinness record for the longest applause.
926 people gathered at the UMA Multipurpose Hall in Kampala, Uganda's capital city, to participate in the "Clap for Jesus" event.
The Phaneroo are notorious for their raucous, high-spirited gatherings, and this record attempt was no exception.
Participants clapped for 3 hours and 16 minutes, with an average volume of 88.5 dB. For the attempt to be valid, they must remain over 80 dB throughout.
Clark Stevens and The Festival of Awesomeness (UK) broke the previous record in 2019 with 2 hours and 5 minutes.
Every participant was forced to clap continuously throughout; if they did not, a steward removed them from the group.
If a participant felt thirsty, a steward would assist them by putting a bottle of water to their mouth, which they may sip while continuing to clap.
The record attempt was live broadcast and watched by many Ugandans, who cheered in support.
The record for the longest applause was originally set in 1991, when Spanish opera singer Plácido Domingo was applauded for 1 hour 20 minutes – through 101 curtain calls – after a performance of Otello at the Vienna Staatsoper on 30 July 1991.
In 2002, the record was broken when German band Grabowsky were applauded for 1 hour 30 minutes after their performance. The band returned to play an encore of two songs after the applause finished.