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!
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.
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!
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!
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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March 26, 2015
The genre choro — a word which means "cry" in Portuguese — is often described as "the New Orleans jazz of Brazil." Like its U.S. counterpart, both are Afro-Western hybrids which emerged in the early 20th century; both call for jam sessions showcasing improvisation and virtuosity. Both jazz and choro are also the domains of clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen. Her newest band, the quartet Choro Aventuroso, culminates an affinity and intense study of Brazilian music — one which began as part of an international community of jazz students at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Jazz Night In America visits Jazz at Lincoln Center to catch Cohen's group play its modernized take on waltzes, mazurkas and African-Brazilian rhythms such as the lundu — all of which help characterize the essence of choro.
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