South African Grammy-nominees, Sharon Katz
South African Grammy-nominees, Sharon Katz & The Peace Train, take you on a joyride from the traditions of Mother Africa to the exhilarating jazz-folk-rock fusions of today with their unstoppable beat, powerful dances, and compelling harmonies.
The subject of a new documentary called “When Voices Meet” showing at film festivals world wide in 2015, South African born Sharon Katz made history in 1992, when she formed the country’s first 500-member multiracial performance group to break through the barriers of Apartheid. Organizing a courageous tour on board a real train – The Peace Train – Sharon and her friends Ladysmith Black Mambazo helped spearhead the path toward democracy in South Africa. Sharon Katz & The Peace Train band have now toured the world for over a decade as Nelson Mandela’s cultural ambassadors.
Based in America but performing globally, the versatile group thrills audiences in intimate venues, performing arts centers, festivals & stadiums. Their school and university programs combine diversity education with interactive entertainment adaptable for all ages. Cultural collaborations are their speciality and range from teaching African songs to a local choir, to facilitating mixed-genre productions, or to crossing rhythms with symphony orchestras. They can be booked for one-show only events, week-long residences, or month-long tours throughout an entire state.
Highlights: New Orleans JazzFest, Miriam Makeba’s & Nelson Mandela’s special events, LA’s Getty Museum, Carnegie Hall’s World Music Concert Series, Disney World’s International Festival, Hudson River Clearwater Festival, Philadelphia. Folk Festival, Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Black Culture, Alaska’s Performing Arts Center, Smithsonian’s African Art Museum, Joe’s Public Theater in New York City; Philadelphia’s World Café Live, Museum of Art; Mann Music Center and Penns Landing Summer Concerts.
Recordings: “Imbizo”on Billboard’s Highly Recommended list & Grammy nomination list for Best World Music Album; “Crystal Journey” with original South African mass choir; “Lerato” with the legendary Dolly Rathebe; & “Carnival!” with Sting, Elton John, Tina Turner and Madonna; “Double Take” with Abigail Kubeka; Putumayo Kids World Music Party.
Documentary featuring Sharon Katz and John Kani telling the story of The Peace Train journey “When Voices Meet” (2015 release) nominated for 3 awards and to be screened at film festivals world wide in 2015-2016
The Folk Factory Coffeehouse, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration, 6900 Stenton Ave. (at Gorgas Lane) in East Mt. Airy, Phila., PA 19150.\
(Saturday) 8:00 pm EST