Concerts - Film - Educational Programs to Celebrate
Sharon Katz & The Peace Train - 20th Anniversary!!!!
We were driven by the idea of using our music to break down the barriers of apartheid and help Nelson Mandela promote his vision of a new South Africa with equal rights for all.
And it worked!
In 1993, we formed a 10-piece, mixed-race band; added a 500-voice youth choir that represented all the racial and cultural groups of South Africa; and invited our friends Ladysmith Black Mambazo to join us.
We toured all across South Africa by train - The Peace Train - and gave performances at every stop along the way.
With TV & radio crews on board to document what was happening, millions of people attended the performances or heard our message from the media.
Our motto was, "When Voices Meet, All Things Are Possible." A few months later, South Africa held its first democratic election and The Peace Train performed at the victory party.
That was 20 years ago, and now filmmakers Rob Stoller and Chris Newhard are making a documentary about the effects The Peace Train had on the country and the people who participated.
We'd love YOU to get involved in the project!
Please share the exciting news with everyone you know and invite us to your community in 2013-14 to show the film, do a concert, and inspire hope.
At Mandela's 75th Birthday Party On tour with The Peace Train choir
With Ladysmith Black Mambazo With KwaZulu Musicians
Our Humanitarian Projects - Our work continues in the USA and South Africa. We're working in association with universities, public school districts and arts organizations to enrich the lives of students all across America. In South Africa, the school and community arts center we built has now added vegetable gardens to improve the health of the children and vocational training to help young adults find meaningful employment. We're also continuing to support the education and well-being of HIV positive orphans as well as training and job creation for young adults.
In 1993, I formed a 500-voice, multiracial and multicultural performing group to show what a "normal" country could be. We toured throughout South Africa by train - The Peace Train - and used our music to promote our country's first democratic elections.
Since then, we've been performing worldwide, releasing albums, and conducting workshops in schools, colleges and communities to promote multi-cultural experiences and end violence. Performances can be as a solo, duo, 3-6 piece band, or the band with dancers.
We’ve also been supporting projects to take care of South African children whose families have been affected by joblessness and the HIV/AIDS crisis. We built a school, training center and performing arts venue for an impoverished community; started gardens and nutrition programs; and supported vocational training as well as tertiary education.
So come on board The Peace Train. We're really looking forward to seeing and hearing from you!"