Nonhlanhla Wanda and Sharon Katz celebrate 25 years of worldwide touring and musical collaboration with the release of their new CD “Side-By-Side.” This Afro-Jazz-Contemporary fusion album features all original compositions by Nonhlanhla, Sharon and producer Malcolm Nhleko. The recording showcases their distinctive voices and gorgeous harmonies complemented by instrumental wizardry by Sharon on guitars, Qhubekani Mthethwa on bass, Charles Boykie Mnomiya on drums, and Sanele Phakathi on piano and synthesizer.
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When Voices Meet: Award-Winning Soundtrack
When Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison, South African musician and music therapist Sharon Katz joined with singer and educator Nonhlanhla Wanda to form a 500-voice multiracial youth choir. Railroading across the country aboard The Peace Train, they broke through Apartheid’s barriers and became Mandela’s face of the new nation. The film When Voices Meet documents the trials, tribulations and triumphs of those musician activists. These are their songs. www.WhenVoicesMeet.com
With Abigail Kubeka and Dolly Rathebe
Soul-sisters Abigail Kubeka, Dolly Rathebe and Sharon grew up in South Africa under the old apartheid regime and had to hide from the police to perform their music. Double Take shows how powerful voices can never be silenced. These songs go far beyond questioning the stories we’re told to believe; they make you want to dance, laugh, cry, shout and hug somebody.
A Zulu cultural gathering
The music on Imbizo was created by 70 musicians from South Africa, West Africa and the US who fuse traditional and contemporary rhythms, instruments and harmonies with universally relevant lyrics of political and personal concerns. Joyous music, gorgeous vocals, evocative songs – not just “world music” but “people music” – Listen and dance! Grammy nominated CD on Appleseed Label.
With the legendary Dolly Rathebe
“Lerato” means love and it’s the name South Africa’s legendary Dolly Rathebe gave to Sharon as they recorded four jazzy and soulful tracks on this album. Coupled with the catchy rhythms and Sharon’s unmistakeable guitar and vocal styles, your heart and then your feet will lead you to the dance floor for this intrinsically South African experience.
With The Peace Train’s original 500-voice choir
Experience the pulse of South Africa with the musicians who helped end Apartheid. By forming a 500-member multiracial and multicultural performing group and touring the country by train, Sharon’s musical message of hope, optimism and unity was crystal clear. The music on this CD will take you on a joyride to the heart of a nation.