Meet Peter Bailey (left) and Lewis James, above, as they appeared on the Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient featuring George da Soulchild Kaufela last Sunday night. The Experience is our regular Sunday night radio show airing from 20.30 to 21.30 hrs on Zambezi 107.7 fm, Livingstone’s leading local radio station. Peter and Lewis hail from Knysna in South Africa, a coastal town on the famous Garden Route. Peter owns a sports shop in the town and Lewis works with him. Peter has his own boat and told our listeners he goes fishing ‘eight days a week’! Peter and Lewis, with wives Pat and Julia had been spending a few days on holiday at Chanters Lodge and we were delighted to invite them on to the show as our Guests.
“When did you arrive in Livingstone?” Asked Milli Jam at the start of the show – one of his usual opening gambits. “This time or in 1948?” Was Peter’s surprise reply. Peter explained that he had been brought up in Livingstone as a young man in the 50’s – his father had come to Zambia after the war and had opened the Zambezi Bar in town – actually still open up to a couple of years ago. Peter had been educated at Hillcrest Technical Secondary School, just up the road from Chanters Lodge and had been head boy in his time. Lewis explained that it was his first visit to Zambia and told listeners that he and Julia were loving the experience, and really like Zambia and its people.
The music on the show was great, though both our Guests told us they had much more interest in fishing than they did in music! We opened with Amy Macdonald’s ‘Pride’ from her new album, coupled with Redlight’s ‘Lost In Your Love’ – charting in UK as we went on air. George featured Zambia’s Roberto with ‘Good Women’ a track from Roberto’s new album, together with EddyBoy ft Kaufela and ‘Baby x 2’. Kaufela is of course our very own George by another name! Milli Jam picked Rihanna ft Ne-Yo and ‘Hate That I Love You’ as our oldie of the week and we were happy that the prize was won – it’s given to the first person to text us telling us who’s singing the track. We also featured songs from Tyga ft Chris Brown, John Legend, Gyptian and Jan Sean ft Tyga.
“Have you managed to do any fishing while you’ve been in Zambia?” Milli Jam asked our Guests who explained that they’d had a few days in Mambova on a houseboat before they arrived at Chanters, and even that very morning had been fishing in the Zambezi quite near the Falls catching some14 fish! “Where are they?” Our DJ’s wanted to know, and Peter explained that some had been given to the wild life officers in the park, others were given to the Chanters Girls. “And being eaten right now back at the lodge I wouldn’t be surprised!” I quipped.
Asked where they would like to be and what they would like to be doing ten years’ from now, the unsurprising replies were ‘still alive and fishing’! Even though I had told them ‘fishing’ would not be an acceptable reply!