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This trip is sold out and we are only taking reservations for a waiting list.

WBGO's 2023 Trip to South Africa

Experience The Soul of South Africa
The Music, Heritage and Wildlife of the Rainbow Nation 
March 11-21, 2023

Join WBGO Host Lezlie Harrison and Wayne Winborne, Executive Director of The Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University and WBGO's Jazz Ambassador, on an adventure to South Africa exclusively created for WBGO.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu dubbed his beloved South Africa “the rainbow nation” because of its political, historical and ethnic diversity. WBGO’s Trip to South Africa will connect you with what Archbishop Tutu found so very compelling.

Your trip commences in Johannesburg, the vibrant commercial capital with a thriving arts and music scene. You’ll walk the streets of Soweto - an incubator of the civil rights movement in South Africa, from where Nelson Mandela began his quest for freedom.

You’ll experience a few nights in the famous Pilanesberg Game Reserve, in a luxury lodge. While there you’ll have the opportunity to encounter the ‘Big 5’ (lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard and rhino) – picture taking only(!), on your daily safari drives with your professional ranger and tracker.

In Cape Town, enjoy two nights attending the globally renowned Cape Town Jazz Festival (tickets included). Besides the nightly music, visit the Cape of Good Hope, savor the wines in Stellenbosch, take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain and enjoy the local Cape Malay cuisine...Plus more special, unique experiences created, exclusively, for WBGO's travelers.

We hope you will join us on this memorable trip with Lezlie Harrison and Wayne Winborne. And, since space is limited, we encourage you to make your reservation.

Information for WBGO’s Trip to South Africa: To learn more about WBGO’s 2023 Trip to South Africa download the itinerary here. Or, to talk with WBGO’s expert travel partner, Immersion Journeys, call 917-686-2620.

Trip Highlights:

  • Experience the culture and heritage of the ‘Rainbow Nation’.
  • Go on a safari adventure to spot the Big 5.
  • Savor the cuisine and wines of South Africa.
  • Attend the globally renowned Cape Town Jazz festival*.
  • Visit the most south-western point of Africa and gaze out at the Atlantic from the top of Table Mountain.
  • Enjoy special lectures and private events hosted by local music aficionados.

*After a two-year hiatus, due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, preparations for the 2023 Cape Town Jazz Festival have begun but have not been finalized. While subject to change, we look forward to details being announced by the organizers. 

Your Trip Hosts:

Lezlie Harrison: WBGO Host of Come Sunday

Lezlie Harrison

Lezlie Harrison, vocalist extraordinaire, is always in a state of development, always raising the bar higher, pushing the limits of her God-given vocal gift.  As a vocalist, she is both bold and subtle in her approach to the music she loves.  Her vulnerability attends to the fragile matters of our collective human experience, while her optimism inspires us to rise above any of life's tribulations, to rejoice. Whether taking on a classic Jazz tune, Blues, Gospel, Soul, tracks from the American Song Book, or an original composition, Ms. Harrison imbues each note, each line of a song with her very own styling and personalized delivery.

She carries that over to her regular spot on WBGO, the global leader in Jazz radio, where she is a regular curator and presenter, revealing the love and pride with which she regards America's music. A permanent fixture on the New York and global Jazz scene, Lezlie Harrison is among the three founding members of New York's world-renowned JAZZ GALLERY that includes the late Dale Fitzgerald and trumpeter Roy Hargrove.

On occasion Lezlie lends her regal presence to the stage as an actress, bringing to those endeavors, the same organic sensibility that she brought to the runways and photo studios of Paris some years a back. A product of two contrasting communities -- New York and North Carolina, Lezlie Harrison has been shaped by both and educated by her global experience.

Wayne C. Winborne

Wayne Winborne - WBGO

Wayne Winborne is executive director of the Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS) at Rutgers University-Newark, the largest and most comprehensive archive and library of jazz and jazz-related materials in the world. Winborne is also an assistant professor in the Arts, Culture, and Media department and is a frequent presenter on jazz, art and culture, democracy, civic engagement, racial reckoning, non-profit management, and race and intergroup relations. He has numerous publications and is editor of a three- book series on race and intergroup relations.

He is a consultant to corporate, small business, and non-profit clients on strategic planning, fund development, DEI, multicultural marketing, and dialogue facilitation. Winborne has produced several recordings for the MaxJazz, HighNote, Satchmo, and Savant labels. He has also written and produced short documentaries and has won a Cine Golden Eagle award and two Telly awards for Insider Game and Insider Game 2, which focused on Hispanic Americans in corporate board rooms. The short documentary Stepping Up examined caregiving among jazz musicians was an official selection of DOCNYC 2016, the nation's largest documentary film festival.

He has been honored by the Feminist Press with its Crossing Borders award, the Brooklyn Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc., with its Man of Distinction award, the Asian American Federation of NY with its Spirit of Asian America award, by FraserNet with its Corporate Professional of the Year award, and by the National Council for Research on Women with its Diversity Champion Award.

Winborne holds degrees from Stanford and New York University.

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