Chin-i Cavaly

“This is the third time I’ve been on this show” said Chin-i Cavaly (pictured above) when he appeared on the most recent edition of the Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient featuring George da Soulchild Kaufela. That’s our regular Sunday night radio show airing from 20.30 hrs – 21.30 hrs on Zambezi 107.7 fm, Livingstone’s established local radio station. “That’s because you’re such a star!” I said. “Why are you called Chin-i Cavaly?” asked Milli Jam thoroughly unimpressed with our Guest’s boasting! “Because I’m bad news on radio” was the humble reply. Chin-i (real name Isaac Mwanza) is one of Milli Jam’s co-presenters on Zambezi 107.7 fm, although he is far more than that for the station. He is responsible for their great website and for a lot of the other IT requirements of a busy local radio station.

Chin-i told listeners that apart from his IT duties and helping to organize the station for the incoming link with the BBC, he is currently hosting Drive Time on 107.7 fm Monday to Friday from 15.00 to 17.00 hrs, one of the most popular shows on the station. We were happy to hear that according to Google the Chanters Lodge Experience also has great listener statistics. Chin hosts the hot 30 count down on Saturday nights and is always right up to date on the latest music, especially rap, hip-hop and R&B. On this show he was raving about the new Kendrick Lemar album, ‘good kid, M.A.A.D city’. Not my scene but it takes all sorts, as they say. On the Zambian scene T-Sean is Chin’s current favourite artist and indeed we featured one of his tracks on our show.

Apart from T-Sean with Joe Chibangu and T-Boy’s hit track ’90 Days’ we featured Ruff Kid with his hit ‘Mu Ghetto’ noting that the Kid won the BEEFTA Award the previous week in London in the best international artist category, up against stiff opposition including DBanj. As usual we featured top hits from the UK charts including Robbie Williams’ ‘Candy’ and Wiley featuring Skepta, TME and Ms D with ‘Can You Hear Me (Aya Ya Ya)’. Milli Jam featured tracks by Rihanna and ‘Swimming Pools (Drank) by Kendrick Lemar. Our oldie of the week was Beyonce’s ‘Halo’ and the prize of dinner for two at the lodge to the first person to text us the name of the performing artist was quickly snapped up.

Chin-i told listeners that he had recently spent time in Queensland, Australia with his brother and was very much hoping to go back to continue his studies in IT, he was currently waiting for his student visa to re-enter Australia. He also revealed his love for a nurse in Livingstone whom he hoped to marry, this is all we were told!! He explained that he is an Arsenal supporter through and through and that his favourite all time player was Thierry Henry. We avoided discussion about Arsenal’s current form!

Asked where he would like to be and what he would like to be doing in 10 years’ time, this intelligent, hard working, talented young man said he would like to be married, living in Australia, fully qualified in IT with a successful career. I certainly wouldn’t bet against that!



Long way from Chanters Lodge, Livingstone but get a load of this from Engadget

We all knew opening one’s hotel room door with a smartphone was just the beginning, didn’t we? As the years have turned (and LodgeNet has inexplicably remained), a smattering of companies have seen the opportunity to connect savvy hotel guests to the properties they frequent. Y!kes is the latest to tune in, and its solution undoubtedly has the potential to change the way smartphone users interact with lodging venues. Designed as a hardware + software platform, the proximity-aware access system offers hotels the ability to tightly and specifically grant or deny access to one’s phone. As an example, a hotel and guest both utilizing the system could see an elevator automatically choose one’s floor upon entry, a door automatically unlock when a patron walks within range, a parking deck automatically have its gate raised, and a VIP lounge door automatically open if the credentials are programmed in.

Going a step further, one could envision this system having the ability to alert a hotel when a guest lands at the nearest airport, thereby triggering a series of events that places fresh Perrier bottles on the desk, blue mood lighting in the bathroom, a thermostat adjustment to 74 degrees and whatever else that person has specified in their profile. Insane? Sure, but not at all outside of the realm of feasibility. Once a venue has installed the system, guests need only have the associated app — available for Android, BlackBerry OS, Windows Phone and iOS — running in the background on their device. If all goes as planned, he or she won’t even have to drop by the check-in counter, and when the stay is over, they’ll be able to bypass the check-out line as well.

If you’re curious about app availability, we’re told that the iOS build will hit the App Store “this week,” while the other three platforms will see launches “within 30 days.” We asked the company if it was ready to announce any partnerships with hotel chains, and received the following reply: “As for integration, Y!kes is currently engaged in deep discussions with the top hotel chains and will have information pertaining to specific contracts in the near future.” Needless to say, the jetsetters in the crowd will be keeping an ear to the ground for more.