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SHARON KATZ STEAMS BACK (article first published : 2005-07-22)

Sharon Katz of The Peace Train fame steams back into Durban for two exciting reunion concerts with Nonhlanhla Wanda of Iva Band and Shophi Ngidi and her band Saphinda Futhi as part of the festivities honouring the Women of KwaZulu-Natal prior to National Women’s Day with concerts on August 2 and 3.

It’s been 12 years since Sharon and Nonhlanhla brought 500 children to the stage with their band for a multicultural event that shook Durban’s City Hall. Then in 1993, their tour on board The Peace Train took a message of peace throughout South Africa and helped promote the first democratic elections. Separated for the last seven years while Sharon toured in West Africa and throughout America and while Nonhlanhla achieved her own remarkable successes in South Africa, they are thrilled to be back together for these concerts.

Joining them on stage will be Shophi Ngidi who backed Brenda Fassie and Hugh Masekela before launching her solo career and coming to Sharon’s attention. Sharon is the executive producer for Shophi’s new CD which will be out in South Africa later this year.

After earning a Grammy nomination for her Imbizo recording and starting an NGO in America that raises funds for job creation and development projects in South Africa, Sharon is returning to once again live and work in Durban. Her latest recording, Lerato features the last recordings she made with her long-time friend Dolly Rathebe before Dolly’s death last year. Lerato is distributed in South Africa by USM and will be available at the reunion concerts.

Touring with Sharon during August will also be 15 Americans who have come to meet the people of South Africa and to see the country’s progress for themselves.

Concerts take place at the Bat Centre on August 2 at 18h00 (tickets R40 through Computicket) and at the Rainbow Restaurant in Pinetown on August 3 at 18h00 (entry is free and all are welcome).




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