WBGO Blog
  • Join WBGO for Michael Bourne's 17th Year at Jazz on the Mountain

    May 11, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    For our sixth consecutive year, WBGO is pleased to extend to you an invitation to Jazz on the Mountain at the historic Mohonk Mountain House, January 15-18, 2016 in the scenic Catskills.

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    Celebrating 17 years at Mohonk, WBGO’s Michael Bourne will host this stellar program – a four-day musical extravaganza over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. See photos from the 2015 trip.

    [Performance schedule will be posted soon.]

    Also included:

    • welcome reception on Friday evening
    • private dinner with Michael Bourne, musicians and WBGO guests on Saturday
    • WBGO/Mohonk Mountain House scavenger hunt on Sunday afternoon

    Location: Mohonk Mountain House is a National Historic Landmark located just 90 miles north of New York City at 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY 12561

    Rates*:
    Three (3) nights Single Occupancy: $1,585
    Three (3) nights Double Occupancy: $2,285

    Additional guest nightly rate: Under 4 – Stay Free; 4-12 yrs. old - $110.00; 13 & over - $196.00

    *These rates are inclusive of a 12% service charge. Tax is excluded for WBGO guests only.

    Whether you are planning a family outing, a romantic retreat, a weekend with friends or a self-exploration getaway, the Mountain House has activities for all! The WBGO package includes: bountiful breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets – or dinner as a traditional served meal, afternoon tea and cookies and all associated gratuities. Guests receive amenities such as wireless internet access, ice-skating, skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing and use of the indoor heated swimming pool and comprehensive fitness center.

    Reservations: Please call WBGO Travel & Events at 1-973-624-8882 or events@wbgo.org. A $500 deposit is requested upon booking. Check payable to WBGO/Newark Public Radio, Attn: Travel & Events, 54 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102, or by credit card. Full payment will be due November 20.

    Cancellation policy:

    Please note there is a 14 day advance notice of cancellation in order to receive a full refund, less a $125 fee per room, non-refundable.

    Cancellations within 14 days will result in a forfeiture of one night’s stay.

  • Relive WBGO's 2015 Trip To South Africa

    April 29, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Twenty-five WBGO members visited South Africa this March with Midday Jazz host Rhonda Hamilton and The Checkout's Simon Rentner.

    In addition to soaking up the sights and sounds of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, they enjoyed the Rainbow Nation's wildlife, culture, heritage, historical sites, golf and vibrant urban communities in Johannesburg, Soweto and Cape Town.

    Rhonda, Simon, and reporter Giovanni Russonnello share insights with us in a wonderful series of photo essays, news features and interviews. Click on the links below to share their Rainbow Nation experiences. Enjoy, and hope to see you there next year!

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    WBGO Dispatches from South Africa

    Lesedi Cultural Village

    Around Johannesburg

    In Soweto

    Elephants, Rhinos and Lions

    Rhonda and Simon Tee Up!

    Rhonda's FInal Thoughts

    Mandela's Garden

    In Cape Town

    At The Cape Town Jazz Fest

    The Checkout In South Africa

    Hugh Masekela: The Checkout Interview

    Thundercat: The Checkout Interview

    Claude Cozens: "Jubilee Jam"

    Benjamin Jephta: "The Homecoming"

    Carlo Mombelli: "Stories"

    Audio Features For WBGO News

    Simon Rentner: Lesedi Cultural Village

    Simon Rentner: The Apartheid Museum

    Giovanni Russonnello: The Business Of The Cape Town Jazz Fest

    Giovanni Russonnello: The Chimurenga Chronic

  • WBGO In South Africa 3: In Soweto

    March 25, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    I learned today Soweto is an acronym for South West Townships. It’s a sprawling, culturally rich and economically diverse collection of communities. With well over a million people, Soweto makes up half of the population of Johannesburg.

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    “The Soweto Uprising” began on June 16, 1976 when Hector Peterson, only 12 years old, was killed when South African police fired into a crowd of students.

    Over the next two days, perhaps as many as 1200 more black Africans were killed -- 89 under the age of 20 and 12 under the age of 7.

    The students had gathered to protest the State’s declaration that Afrikaans be the official language of instruction in African schools.

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    This now-iconic image of Hector being carried by 18-year-old Mbuyasi Makhubo was taken by news photographer Sam Nzima, and provoked an international outcry.

    Both were forced into hiding because of harassment by the police. The young girl is in the photo is Hector’s 17 year old sister, Antoinette.  She later worked at this museum as a guide.

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    Our day includes a delicious lunch at Chez Alina, one of the many thriving businesses in Soweto.

    Alina set up the restaurant in her home. The walls are covered in works of art. We dine to the sounds of a jazz trio brought in especially for our WBGO group. Good food, good music – everyone is all smiles.

    Here's Alina with my friend, Brenda Raney, and our tour host from Immersion Journeys, Hema Shah.

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    Inside Chez Alina, we enjoy Abudullah Ibrahim’s famous South African jazz anthem “Mannenberg.”

    Outside, we are treated with some traditional African drumming and dancing.

    The littlest ones put on a great show!

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