Sharon Katz and The Peace Train, a four-piece band from South Africa, will perform at The Grange in Whallonsburg on Saturday, May 17 with their Afro-pop sound in a special tribute to the late South African leader Nelson Mandela who died in December.
Growing up under apartheid, Sharon Katz formed a multicultural, multilingual group in 1993. After Nelson Mandela’s release from prison and as the apartheid regime disintegrated, Katz set off by rail across the country with 150 performers, including the legendary group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Called “The Peace Train,” they gave concerts at every stop, promoting an end to violence and a peaceful transition to democracy. In 1994, she was commissioned by the Independent Electoral Commission to write songs in many of South Africa’s languages to support the first free election in the new nation.
Since then, Sharon Katz and The Peace Train have taken their music and message around the globe, bringing people together in concert halls, classrooms and community centers. Part of the proceeds from the concert at the Grange will support the final production of “When Voices Meet,” a documentary film chronicling the extraordinary journey of The Peace Train.
The event takes place Saturday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, under 18, $5, children under 10 are free. The Grange is at 1610 NYS Route 22, 5 miles south of the village of Essex. Visit www.thegrangehall.info for more information.