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Adele Fricker

Elkins Park, PA United States

Sharon Katz was born in Port Elizabeth, now known as Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. As a teenager she used to sneak into “Blacks Only” townships and began her life-long mission of using music to help break down the country’s artificially-imposed racial barriers. In 1992, Sharon made history by forming and teaching a 500 member interracial children’s choir and touring South Africa by train. She encouraged people of all races, ages and political affiliations to put down their guns and hostilities, and work for peace. The world watched as Mandela became the first democratically elected president in 1993. Sharon Katz and the Peace Train made a film entitled “When Voices Meet” which is an award-winning documentary and is using this money and funds from CD sales to continue her humanitarian work.
Her band was featured on WHYY’s On Tour at the World Café in Philadelphia. Please find more at where you can view videos of her work with the children. The Peace Train is building schools and community art centers in which children orphaned by HIV which took the lives of their parents can obtain an education. She has established feeding programs, music therapy programs and conflict resolution work in violence-torn regions. She would be a perfect candidate for a segment of American Masters.