It was time to have a Zambian guest on The Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient featuring George ‘Kaufela’ Soulchild. For the uninitiated that’s our regular Sunday night radio show, airing at 20.30 hrs every Sunday night on Zambezi FM, Livingstone’s leading local radio station, transmitting on 107.7 fm and streaming live on the internet. Why? Well for many weeks our guests had been international visitors! Brian Chikontwe aka ‘X-Boy’ made a different, lively and interesting choice.
“Why X-Boy”? Was the first question Milli Jam asked our guest and he explained that this was his stage name. He had created the name himself – ‘x’ marks the spot! Milli Jam wanted to know how long Brian had been a musician to which the answer was “I was born with music in my soul but about 7 years”! Brian hails from the Copperbelt and is married to Theresa. His father is a retired miner and now full time preacher. Brian told listeners that he has recorded about 12 tracks and hopes to produce his first album soon. He took time to explain to listeners how much of a problem piracy is in the Zambian music industry and confirmed that he would like to make his living from music. “How will you make ends meet in the meantime?” I asked. “I’ll hassle”! Was the quick reply!
We featured one of X-Boy’s tracks on the show which he recorded featuring Tamba Money. The track is entitled ‘Ayuba’ – ‘feeling good let’s party’. Just so happens this is the name of Livingstone’s leading night club managed by our very own Milli Jam. It’s a good track and we wished X-Boy well with it. George’s other choice of local track was Naked Face featuring Kaufela himself with ‘Pakusa Nga’ – ‘I was blessed to find you.’ Pretty much in-house our local selection this week!
Our oldie of the week was Michael Jackson’s ‘Smooth Criminal’ and we gave our weekly prize of a dinner for 2 at Chanters Lodge to the first person to text us telling us who was singing. There was a great response. We also played the UK No 1 – ‘Glad You Came’ by Wanted as well as R2Bees latest ‘Ayeeeei’. Kelly Rowland’s ‘All Of The Night’ and Usher and Ciara’s ‘Hot Tottie’ went down well.
Brian told listeners he supported Mufulira Wanderers locally and Chelsea internationally. He hoped that in ten years time he would have found recognition internationally as a musician and that he would have his own recording studio. We wished him luck.