Sharon Katz, born in South Africa and childhood friend of Vivienne Aronowitz, has led an extraordinary life as music therapist, educator, social activist, performer and conflict resolution consultant.
In support of Nelson Mandela’s vision to end apartheid and peacefully transition to a non-racial democracy in South Africa, Sharon founded the “Peace Train” in 1992 – her African model of music therapy in conflict resolution and community development. An accomplished guitarist, vocalist, music producer and musical production director, Sharon formed South Africa’s first 500-voice mixed-race choir and band. She performed for Nelson Mandela’s victory party when he and former president F.W. de Klerk shared the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. Sharon has toured worldwide with her band and recorded numerous albums, including the Grammy-nominated “Imbizo.” She is currently touring with the award-winning documentary “When Voices Meet,” which will screen in January at the 2016 Waimea Ocean Film Festival.