Sharon Katz & The Peace Train

Sharon Katz & The Peace Train

 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
BandWorldFolk

South Africa’s pulsating rhythms, rich harmonies, guitar-driven maskanda and mbaqanga melodies, and spine-tingling Zulu dance fuse with funky basslines, intricate drum patterns, Afro-jazz horn lines, and compelling lyrics to take you from ancient traditions to today’s unstoppable beat

Biography

Nominated for the Grammy’s “Best World Music Album” list for their first US release, the exhilarating, multicultural, South African band of Sharon Katz & The Peace Train helped Nelson Mandela usher in the ending of apartheid. Making history in 1992 with her 500-voice multiracial choir, Sharon then organized a courageous tour on board a train –The Peace Train – taking 150 musicians and her friends Ladysmith Black Mambazo across South Africa to spread their musical message of peace and reconciliation in advance of Mandela’s selection as the country’s first democratically elected President.

With CNN’s coverage and an invitation to perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Sharon Katz & The Peace Train were propelled into an international career that has spanned three continents and coast-to-coast US appearances including Carnegie Hall’s World Music series in New York; The Getty in LA; Disney World’s International Festival; Philadelphia Folk Festival; Smithsonian Institution’s African Art Museum; Alaska’s Performing Arts Center, Des Moines’ Civic Center; Hudson River Clearwater Festival; New York City's Joe's Public Theater; Bethlehem’s Musikfest; Philadelphia Art Museum; World Café Live; and numerous college campuses.

Now based in America, the versatile group of musicians, singers, dancers and workshop leaders thrills crowds of all ages and sizes in intimate venues, performing arts centers, schools, festivals and stadiums. The size of the band can be reduced to a duo, trio or quartet, or expanded up to 10 musicians and dancers, depending on local budgets. In all cases, they take audiences on a joyride from the traditions of Mother Africa to the electrifying jazz-folk-rock fusions of today, with the band’s driving beat, powerful dances and compelling harmonies leaving everyone standing on their feet cheering for more.

Their school and university programs combine diversity education with interactive entertainment adaptable for all ages. Cultural collaborations are their specialty and range from teaching African songs and Zulu dancing to local choirs and dance groups, to full-scale community events that can include bands or symphony orchestras. They can be booked for one-show only events, week-long residences, or extended arts-in-education programs throughout an entire city or state.

Recordings include “Imbizo” on Billboard’s Highly Recommended list and Grammy nomination list for Best World Music Album; “Crystal Journey” featuring the original mass choir; “Lerato” with the legendary Afro-jazz diva Dolly Rathebe; “Nashosha” with singers from KwaZulu; “Live in NYC with Special Guest Pete Seeger;” "Double Take" with Abigail Kubeka and Dolly Rathebe; and “Carnival!” with Sting, Elton John, Tina Turner and Madonna.

Sharon Katz & The Peace Train also use proceeds from their concert appearances to support their humanitarian work in South Africa and around the world including music therapy with orphans and communities affected by HIV/AIDS; feeding programs in poverty-stricken communities; conflict resolution work in violence-torn regions; and building schools and community arts centers in under-developed areas.

Discography

"Crystal Journey" featuring 100 voice choir;
"Imbizo" on Grammy nomination list for Best World Music Album;
"Lerato" featuring Afro-jazz diva, Dolly Rathebe;
"Nashosha" with women’s music collective in Durban, South Africa;
“Carnival!” with Sting, Elton John, Madonna, & Tina Turner;
“Live in New York City with Pete Seeger” DVD
"Double Take" with Abigail Kubeka and Dolly Rathebe

Set List

60-75 minute set

Afrika Khayalami
Askons' Abanye
Ntyilo Ntyilo
Jikela eMaweni
Accra
Bayangesaba
Crazy Life
Sala Ngoana
Sanalwami
Peace Train