Music

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

DOUBLE TAKE

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.

IMBIZO

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.

LERATO

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.

CRYSTAL JOURNEY

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.