Richard's diary of happenings at Chanters Lodge with reflections on Zambia and personal matters too
FROM 'THE WILDERNESS' TO 'THE EXPERIENCE'!
Wondering about the headline? Wonder no more! It's simple! The Guest on the most recent edition of 'The Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient featuring Kaufela' was Carol Princess Buuse Hamaimbo who works for Wilderness Safaris as a tourism consultant here in Livingstone. 'The Experience' is our one hour long weekly Sunday night radio show on Zambezi 107.7 fm, Livingstone's leading local radio station. The show airs at 20.30 hrs CAT for an hour and is a lively mixture of local and international music as well as chat with our Guest of the week. Streams live too on 107.7's website (currently under reconstruction).
Carol told listeners that she'd been working for Wilderness for six years since completing her certificate and then Diploma In Tourism Studies at LIBES (Livingstone Institute for Business and Engineering Studies). She loved her job and said that the most exciting part was never knowing what different Guests would want. She told us she felt that being attentive and giving sufficient attention to detail were the most important parts of the work. Milli Jam noted that Carol had been guesting recently on Kaufela and E-Vibes' morning breakfast show on 107.7 fm and asked if she had ambitions to be a radio presenter. She replied that before taking to the tourism industry she had thought about a career in journalism, and did not rule out going into radio later in her career.
The music on the show was exciting, fresh and new. We opened with 'This Is What It Feels Like' from the hugely popular Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie, back to back with Alexis Jordan's stomping 'Acid Rain'. George chose Chef 187 ft Mosh Money - 'Foolish Me' and Petersen Zagaze's - 'Nakupokolola' for his local tracks. Milli Jam played Cody Simpson's 'Pretty Brown Eyes' and a track from Drake. Our oldie of the week where we give a prize of a dinner for two at the lodge with drinks to the first person to text us the name of the performing artist was a Petersen track and 'Mohammed' won. My pick of the week was Chris Malinchak's 'So Good To Me' - a hit with Kaufela.
Carol told listeners that she was not married but was dating. She loved listening to music in her free time and favoured Zambian tracks, Rhumba and R&B. She was very active on Facebook and from time to time went clubbing with friends. An Arsenal supporter she made us laugh by claiming that Manuel Almunia was the reason she supported the Gunners. Odd that the former Arsenal keeper was in the news that very day as the result of a fantastic save he made playing for Watford in an important play off match. As for tourist activities Carol has done most of them, but had never bungee jumped and did not intend to!
It was a good show with lots of interaction with listeners on Facebook while we were on air and we were delighted that we had an on-line audience in UK enjoying and participating in the show. Asked where she would like to be and what she would like to be doing 10 years from now, Carol said that she hoped to go back to school soon to study marketing but that by 2023 she hoped to be finished studying and to have started her own business either in tourism or marketing. "Marriage and children"? We wondered. "We'll see how it goes" Carol replied.