Sharon Katz & The Peace Train

This concert is canceled – it is not rescheduled

Sharon sends her regrets that she can’t make it on Dec. 14, 2019. There will not be a substitute performer on this date.

Sharon Katz & The Peace Train

Saturday, December 14, 7:30 pm

The multicultural South African band of Sharon Katz & The Peace Train helped Nelson Mandela end Apartheid and they continue spreading their message of peace and reconciliation through music all around the world. Honoring South Africa’s 25th Anniversary, The Peace Train:Transcending Barriers tour features concerts, film screenings and workshops across Africa, Mexico, Cuba and the United States in 2019-2020. Their November 1st, 2019 Cuba tour featured a concert in Santiago de Cuba at the 33rd International Festival of Choirs with a 150 voice children’s choir and 57 piece Symphony Orchestra.

On the Grammy’s “Best World Music Album” ballot, they made history when they formed South Africa’s first, 500-voice multiracial choir & then organized a courageous tour on board a train –The Peace Train – to promote a peaceful transition to democracy.

This year, 2019 saw the band gracing the main stages of Old Songs and Philadelphia Folk Festivals and Sharon also performed her compositions at a concert in a stadium in Tijuana, Mexico with a 1,500 voice children’s choir. Sharon was honored to receive the 2019 Phil Ochs Award in recognition of her music and activism for social and political change.

The versatile group of musicians, singers, dancers and workshop leaders entertain, educate and inspire audiences of all ages and sizes. Melodies from South Africa’s diverse cultures, including Maskanda, Kwasa-Kwasa and Mbaqanga, are fused with rock, folk and funk to tell South Africa’s story – past and present – through music and dance.

WHEN VOICES MEET, a multiple award-winning film, documents The Peace Train’s role in spreading Nelson Mandela’s message and helping youth to heal from the wounds of Apartheid. Selected by over 25 film festivals worldwide, it has shown on TV in 50 countries and is featured on Amazon Prime. Screenings have resulted in numerous diversity & inclusion projects around the world & the Transcending Barriers tours which began with a cross border Peace Train Project in July 2018 with American and Mexican participants marching across the USA border.

Sharon Katz & The Peace Train’s many recordings include “Imbizo” on Billboard’s Highly Recommended list, “Lerato” with South African Jazz diva Dolly Rathebe, “Double Take” with South African songbird Abigail Kubeka, the 2018 release Side-By-Side, and Carnival! alongside Sting, Elton John, Tina Turner, Madonna and Ruben Blades. Sharon is currently working on a new CD recorded in Cuba as well as a second documentary chronicling The Peace Train Transcending Barriers Project which was created as a cross USA Mexico border initiative to counteract the USA administration’s cruel border policies.

Suggested donation: $15 to $30

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