WBGO Blog
  • Simon Rentner At South Africa's Lesedi Cultural Village

    March 28, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Simon Rentner talks with guides and guests at South Africa's Lesedi Cultural Village near Johannesburg. The UNESCO world heritage site offers an introduction to the culture, arts and cusine of the Basotho, Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, and Ndebele tribes. It is also considered part of the Cradle of Humankind, as hominid fossils dating back 3.5 million years have been found there.

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  • Drummer E.J. Strickland: Listen Now

    March 27, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Drummer E.J. Strickland talks with Gary Walker about his new CD "The Undying Spirit." Strickland performs Mar. 29 at The Falcon  in Marlboro, NY, and Mar. 31 at New York's Jazz Standard. Enjoy!

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  • WBGO in South Africa 4: Elephants, Rhinos, and Lions!

    March 27, 2015. Posted by Rhonda Hamilton.

    When it comes to the wild kingdom in South Africa, everyone talks about The Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo.

    On our overnight visit to Pilanesburg National Park, we got up close to them – four times!

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    The highlight of our first safari drive was meeting this elephant, who became quite agitated as we drew close.

    Everyone held their breath, waiting to see if he was going to charge at us. Elephants have been known to tip over safari vehicles.

    After what seemed like an eternity - but was really only  fifteen minutes - he decided to walk away.

    They say elephants never forget, and I suspect all of us will be retelling the story of our elephant adventure for the rest of our days.

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    This lion family wasn’t particularly impressed by us - but we were enthralled, especially when they crossed the road right in front of our vehicle!

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    Rhinos like to sleep in the middle of the road. When they do, you just have to live with their decision, and wait until they decide to make a move.

    Hey - check out the giraffe in the background!

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    We took a break for biscuits and hot chocolate at one of the highest points in the park. They don’t have rest stops like this in New Jersey.

    The man in the picture is one of our wonderful guides, François.

    In the end I never saw a buffalo. But who’s complaining, when you’ve got a dazzle of zebras?

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