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Sharon Katz & The Peace Train | Imbizo

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by Sharon Katz & The Peace Train

An exuberant fusion of traditional African and contemporary Western rhythms and instruments with evocative lyrics of political and personal concerns; “Wow. What a sound.” – Joni Mitchell
Genre: Folk: Political
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Crazy Life
4:50 album only
2. Sanalwami
3:20 album only
3. Heartland Express
5:26 album only
4. Accra
5:06 album only
5. Mandela
4:36 album only
6. Peace Train
4:21 album only
7. Sala Ngoana (Be At Peace, My Child)
5:46 album only
8. Simple Things in Life
4:50 album only
9. Bayangesaba
4:11 album only
10. Why O Why
5:14 album only
11. Take Me Home
4:19 album only
12. Sweet Rhythms
4:17 album only


Album Notes
"Hopeful and jubilant, Sharon Katz celebrates a new day dawning in South Africa while never forgetting that problems persist. "Imbizo" combines infectious rhythms with protest lyrics to create an intoxicating blend of pop and world music with a political conscience."
- Dirty Linen

How many musicians have changed the world around them, permanently and for the better? Add South African singer-songwriter-guitarist Sharon Katz and her band The Peace Train to that very short list. Sharon's fearless approach to music as a tool for social change, reconciliation and spiritual uplift helped oust her homeland's apartheid regime in the early '90s. In her multi-decade career, Sharon and the flexible line-up of The Peace Train have carried her message of intercultural harmony across many countries and continents through concert tours and special presentations. With "Imbizo," their first internationally available CD, the power and appeal of their music is now readily available to a global audience.

Sharon changed South Africa's history through a series of large-scale concerts and train tours in her home country involving multiracial and multicultural performers and audiences, promoting a colorblind national unity and laying groundwork for the country's first democratic elections in 1994, which resulted in South Africa's first black president, Nelson Mandela. President Mandela subsequently anointed Sharon and her musicians as South Africa's cultural ambassadors.

"Imbizo" (pronounced "im-BEE-zo") is a Zulu word that means "a cultural gathering of hearts and minds." To record this CD, Sharon convened her own special imbizo, a collaboration of 70 musicians from South Africa, West Africa, and the United States. Sharon's sensuous alto voice and stirring guitar work set the tone of optimism and strength that rings through "Imbizo's" 12 songs, mostly Katz originals. Among those performing on the CD are members of her current international Peace Train band, several other African musicians (bassist Bakithi Kumalo, keyboardist Tony Cedras, percussionist Okyerema Asante) who are veterans of Paul Simon's "Graceland" album and tours, percussionist Steve Shehan, who appeared on a subsequent Paul Simon release, and trumpeter Matt Cappy, a member of Grammy-nominated Jill Scott's touring band. The music they create gracefully spans the world music, jazz, folk and rock genres as Sharon addresses the bittersweet conditions of South African life, as well as more intimate subjects of love and personal relationships. From the "high-life" Afropop of songs like "Crazy Life," "Sanalwami," and "Bayangeseba" to the propulsive funk of "Mandela" and "Peace Train," from the delicate romanticism of "Simple Things in Life" and "Take Me Home" to the light jazz breezes of "Accra" and the rap-influenced "Why O Why," these are moving songs full of glorious instrumentation, and a sound that can't be pigeonholed. This is music for dancing, for feeling, for loving. Sharon Katz & The Peace Train have mastered the international language of communication on "Imbizo."



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Venita Walker

We got to see her in person and really enjoyed her. The CD is the same!
We got to see her in person and really enjoyed her music. We wanted the CD of the music. When we ordered the music we were suprised that it came so fast and the sound was really Great!