David Eliff – From Brazil to ‘The Experience’

Meet David Eliff, an Englishman living in Santos, Brazil, and Guest on the most recent edition of the Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient featuring Kaufela. ‘The Experience’ is our weekly Sunday night radio show airing from 20.30 hrs to 21.30 hrs on Zambezi 107.7 fm, Livingstone’s leading local radio station. It was the first time we’ve had a Guest hailing from Brazil on the show, so Milli Jam and George wanted to know a lot about Brazil, the football, the girls, the Carnival and the Amazon! David did his best to satisfy their curiosity!

David explained to listeners that he had moved to Brazil after meeting his Brazilian wife Yara in Norway where they were both working. The couple had tried living in Scotland for a while but eventually decided to move back to Brazil. He reported that they will have been married for 25 years this year and in May planned to take a trip together back to Norway as part of their anniversary celebrations. David said that he is a geologist by training but when he and Yara moved back to Brazil he had first worked as a teacher of English to advanced level students. These days he works as a translator of scientific documents from Portugese into English, working free lance. His wife is a doctor of medicine and they have three daughters. David speaks several languages.

The music on the show was good. We opened with a track from Nina Nesbitt back to back with PSY’s new smash ‘Gentleman’. George chose Magg 44 with ‘Shipikisha Club’ coupled with Macky 2 ft K’Millien’s ‘No More Love’ for his Zambian tracks. Milli Jam dropped tracks from DJ Vetkuk and Drake. He chose Destiny’s Child with ‘Soldier’ as our oldie of the week. Listeners get the chance to text us the name of the performing artist on the track to try to win a dinner for two at the lodge. It was a tricky one as most people texted ‘Beyonce’. Milli Jam declared himself the winner! David said his favourite bands were Yes and Jethro Tull.

Our Guest told listeners that he had very much enjoyed a one day safari to Chobe NP in Botswana during his stay. He was fascinated to see vultures waiting for a buffalo, killed by lions, to die, so that they could eat the remains. ‘They don’t always wait until you’re dead’ commented Milli Jam cryptically. David had found the Victoria Falls ‘stunning’ and he was very much looking forward to a rhino walk in the Mosi-o-Tunya NP the following day. He told listeners he had chosen Chanters Lodge after research on the internet. He is widely travelled in Africa and has visited African countries as far apart as Ethiopia and Morocco.

Asked where he would like to be and what he would like to be doing in ten years’ time, David told listeners he would like to be in good health, living in Brazil and still having the opportunity to travel.