African Symphony Safari, Johannesburg

3 hours

African Symphony Safari, Johannesburg
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Mac McKenzie is one of South Africa's most original composers of symphonic works.


Since 2011, Mac and his Goema Orchestra have been changing the narrative of African symphonic music, deeply rooting his compositions in the indigenous music of South Africa.


"Mac is impressive; he’s a product and creator of South Africa’s diverse roots, an expression of how twisted yet beautifully they can grow. Mail & Guardian


For this extraordinary evening in Johannesburg, Mac performs his compositions with a quartet of the best of the city's classical musicians. Gourmet snacks and fine South African wine are served as part of the evening.


The African Symphony Safari is best suited for visitors who delight in symphonic music,  appreciate contemporary classical works, and are excited to experience the vanguard of original African symphonic music.


The experience runs from 8 pm to 11 pm. A typical programme can look like this:


20h00 Collection at accommodation

20h30 Arrive at the home of Mac McKenzie

20h30 - 20h50 Snacks and wine and welcome introduction

20h50 - 21h20 1st Movement

21h20 - 21h40 Snacks and wine

21h40 - 22h00 2nd Movement

22h00 - 22h30 Snacks, wine, conversations with the musicians

23h00 back at accommodation


This experience can also take place during the day, either in the morning 10h00 to 13h00, or afternoon 14h00 to 17h00.



  • A private symphonic concert featuring some of Johannesburg's finest players
  • Original compositions by Mac McKenzie
  • Intimately staged at the home of Mac McKenzie


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