That’s a strange headline you’ll be thinking! It comes about because ‘Remote Control’ is the title of a hit record in Zambian sung by Edma, aka Eddy Kamwenda (above right) and Masautso Mwale, Guests on the most recent edition of the Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient featuring Jay Hillz. That’s our weekly radio show airing at 20.30 hrs CAT every Sunday on Zambezi 94.1 fm, Livingstone’s longest established and best loved commercial radio station. ‘Remote Control’ is sung and rapped in various vernacular languages and tells of ladies who want to criticize their men in every regard, controlling them and then end up having affairs outside their relationship! At least that’s the general gist of it! The track is hot on radio stations throughout the land and in the many Livingstone night clubs.
Eddy and Danny (as Masautso prefers to be called) told listeners that they had met by chance a few years ago at the studios of Raising Sounds. Danny sings on their tracks while Eddy raps. Danny has a sweet singing voice. Outside their musical career, Eddy has worked in sales for Gatbro International for the past six years, Gatbro supply Spar Supermarkets in Zambia. Eddy studied hotel management at Fairview in Lusaka and currently undertakes business around Livingstone. Eddy is married with a two year old son Taono while Danny is still single. The duo are looking forward to releasing their first album in April 2015 although it was not immediately clear which studio they would use to record the album. They are currently self managing having parted company with their manager a little while ago.
The music on the show was good and of course we featured Remote Control. On the day of the show the sad news came that Zambian singing sensation PJay had died as a result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident some two weeks ago, so we played Nikamtsiya by Ruff Kaida featuring PJay. The title means ‘When I Leave You’. Very sad. We also featured the UK Christmas Number One – Something I Need by Ben Haenow the 2014 XFactor winner. Other tracks were from Gorgon City featuring Jennifer Hudson, Nicki Minaj ft Ariana Grande, David Guetta and John Legend, as well as Jagua. Our oldie of the week was by Shatel, and we were happy the prize we give to the first person to text us the name of the artist on our oldie of the week was won by Derek who will enjoy his Christmas dinner at the lodge with a friend as a result.
The guys told listeners that their favourite artists are Pompei and Zola. Eddy was into Manchester United, while Danny, wisely, prefers volleyball! Their favourite Zambian soccer player is national team goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene. They write their songs together “Eddy bakes while Danny serves” they said. They told listeners they had played a show for RATSA in the city centre the day before, and were very much looking forward to playing on 24th and 25th December at a local hot spot on the same bill as the famous Mampi and Cleo.
Asked where they would like to be and what they would like to be doing in ten years’ time, the guys said they would like to have visited Australia and to have a prosperous recording studio hosting many great artists. We wished them luck and all our friends and listeners a very happy Christmas.