The Petter Voll Experience!

Petter, Elisabeth & Rondi Voll

Meet Petter Voll (above left), Elisabeth Krieg (above centre) as well as Randi Fikse (above right), guests on the most recent edition of the Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient featuring Jay Hillz. ‘The Experience’ is our weekly radio show airing every Tuesday evening from 20.30-21.30 hrs live on Zambezi 94.1 fm, Livingstone’s leading local radio station. The show is an exciting mixture of latest international pop and local music tracks interspersed with chat with our guests. We also give news about the UK soccer scene, what’s hot on social media and pop chart updates from UK, USA and Zambia.

Elisabeth told listeners that she hailed from Trondheim in Norway and had been in Livingstone for the past few weeks studying at David Livingstone College Of Education as part of her training to become a teacher. She was studying mathematics and religious education in Zambia but back home in Norway physical education as well. She had much enjoyed her time in Zambia which would come to an end ‘in about a week’. Petter, her dad, and Rondi, her step mum were visiting for a week from Norway and staying at Chanters Lodge.

Petter explained that he was a planning officer in communtiy development in Verdal, a municipality in the middle part of Norway, not far away from Trondheim. Rondi works in administration in the medical industry in Levanger a municipality in Nord-Trøndelag county, it is part of the Innherred region. She told us that she is responsible for some thirty secretaries in the hospital, only one of whom is a man. This made Milli Jam and Jay laugh and they wondered ‘how he got on’. Rondi said they should invite him on to their show to find out! Petter and Rondi had been married for eight years but known each other for sixteen.

The family said they did not have specific musical tastes and were mostly happy to listen to whatever was playing on radio, though Elisabeth told us that she did like some Norwegian acts of whom we never would have heard. We had not! On the show we played tracks from Alessia Cara, Fifth Harmony, Freddy Kalas, Nick Jonas ft Tove Lo, as well as Rihanna, MC Burner, Cassper Nyoveit and Alpha Romeo ft F-Jay, Koby and B-Mack.

Petter told us that it was his first visit to Zambia though he and Rondi had been on safari to Tanzania in the past. During their week in Livingstone they had seen the mighty Victoria Falls, enjoyed a sunset cruise on the Zambezi and dined out on the steam train which they described as ‘expensive but superb’. They had also visited Mukuni Village and had special Zambian clothes made which they were wearing for the show! They had enjoyed Chanters Lodge and found the Zambian people very friendly.

Asked where they would like to be and what they would like to be doing in ten years’ time, Petter said he wanted to be retired and enjoying more of his favourite hobby, trout fishing in the Norwegian rivers. Rondi said she hoped she was still working. Elisabeth told us that she would like to be a good teacher in a good job, travelling and a home owner. Marriage? No comment though there was mention of a Norwegian boyfriend currently studying in Switzerland!


The Norwegian Family Experience!

Ingrid, Ann-Sylvie, Anna, Dag Larsen

Meet The Larsens! From left to right daughter Ingrid, mum Ann Sylvi, daughter Anna and dad Dag Rossvang, guests on the most recent edition of the Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient featuring Jay Hillz. The Experience airs live every Tuesday evening at 20.30 hrs CAT on Zambezi 94.1 fm, Livingstone’s leading local radio station, and is a great mix of latest international pop music together with Zambian tracks, as well as chat with our weekly guests, sometimes overseas visitors staying at Chanters Lodge like the Larsens, sometimes Livingstone personalities – occasionally members of the lodge staff!

Dag explained that he and the girls were travelling with Ann Sylvie who was in Livingstone as part of her job. She was in the city to check up on her students from Norway who were on practical teaching exercises in schools including establishments in Linda West and Libala. . Anny Sylvie is a facilitator at Sør-Trøndelag University College or HiST a Norwegian university college located in Trondheim. The school offers higher education within nursing, teaching, economics, food science, engineering and information technology.

Dag himself is a teacher at a prison in Trondheim. “Dangerous work?” We wondered. “Not really” the reply. We wondered whether reports of prisons in countries like Norway being a bit of a soft touch were true, but Dag said not. Anna and Ingrid aged 14 and 12 are both at schools in Trondheim though not attending the same school.

The music on the show was good with tracks from Alan Walker, Jack Garratt, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Zara Larsson, Ice Prince, Shaataman ft Afunika and PLJ, McRule ft Drifta Trek and Zed Anthem – the latter an hysterical cover of Adele’s ‘Hello’ which had our guests doubled up with laughter! Music wise Anna likes Taylor Swift, her dad is into oldies.

Since arriving in Livingstone the family had visited the Falls from both sides and had been enjoying the hot weather and swimming. The girls had escorted their mum on some of her school visits and had enjoyed the experience. “Bungee jumping?” We wondered. “Nooooooooo”! The joint reply!

Asked where they would like to be and what they would like to be doing in ten years’ time, Ingrid said she would like to be a kindergarten teacher, Anna a lawyer. Dag said he would like to be doing a different job as he believed that if you are in the same job for more than ten years you become lazy and rot. Ann Sylvi said she would most likely be rotting in her present job which she loves!


Another Norwegian Experience!


We are always happy to welcome Norwegians as our guests on the Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient featuring Jay Hillz, our weekly radio show airing for an hour live every Sunday night on Zambezi 94.1 fm, Livingstone’s leading local radio station. Over the eight years the show has been broadcast there have been many Norwegian guests. Lene Sivertsen (right), Anita Hind Andresen (centre) and Marianne Olssen (above left) were the latest Norwegian visitors to appear on our programme. For Marianne it was her second time to be with us, but a first for Lene and Anita, and in fact a first time in Zambia for those two ladies.

Lene and Anita told listeners they were from a Norwegian NGO – SMISO – established to fight against incest and sexual abuse in Norway and now largely funded by the Norwegian government. They were in Zambia to liaise with Response Network, a Zambian NGO, based in Livingstone, Southern Province of Zambia, which believes in development that mobilizes people’s own human and environmental resources, as they have seen that self-esteem, knowledge and creativity grow with responsibility. Lene told us that statistics for sexual abuse of young people are remarkably similar across the world – some 9% of girls and 1% of boys aged between 14 and 18. SMISO offers counselling and support to affected youngsters. Marianne told us that she was the facilitator between SMISO and Response Network.

The music on the show was good featuring ‘Hello’ Adele’s new worldwide smash hit, as well as tracks from KDA ft Tinie Tempah and Katy B, Justin Bieber, Ne-Yo, Mic Burner, Melissa Steel, Drake and Drimz.

The ladies said they had enjoyed their view of the Victoria Falls but were disappointed there was so little water – they vowed to come back again at an earlier time of year when the Falls were full. They had a two day one night safari planned to Chobe NP in Botswana during their stay which would see them spend a total of about two weeks altogether in Livingstone. They had no intention to bungee jump. They had spent a night in one of the rural villages near Livingstone to observe the rural way of life, had eaten Zambian food and were thoroughly impressed with the warm and welcoming attitude of Zambians wherever they had gone.

On a more personal note, Lene told us that she was in a relationship and had a 19 year old son, currently serving in the Norwegian military, Marianne that she was newly a very proud grand mother, and Anita happily married with 2 children aged 16 and 18. Both Lene and Anita work full time for SMISO. All three ladies live in Tromsoe in the far north of Norway up by the Arctic Circle.

The ladies told listeners that they had been happy and comfortable at Chanters Lodge. With regard to the future they all expressed the opinion that they were pretty happy with their lives as they were and they would be delighted for that situation to continue!