South African Grammy-nominees, 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.
Making history in 1992, South African-born Sharon Katz 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, Phila. 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 & World Café Live in Phila.
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.