The multicultural South African band of Sharon Katz & The Peace Train helped Nelson Mandela end Apartheid and 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. 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.
Their pulsating rhythms, rich harmonies, guitar-driven melodies, spine- tingling dances, funky bass lines, intricate drum patterns, and compelling lyrics tell of the social justice challenges worldwide – while also getting the dance party going! The versatile group of musicians, singers, dancers and workshop leaders entertain, educate and inspire audiences of all ages and sizes. Melodies from the country’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 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.
Their many recordings include Imbizo on Billboard’s Highly Recommended list, the just-released Side-By-Side, and Carnival! alongside Sting, Elton John, Tina Turner, Madonna and Ruben Blades.
Monnette Sudler (bass); Wendy Quick (vocals & dance); Jan Jeffries (drums); Sharon Katz (vocals & guitar)