George da Soulchild Kaufela, co-presenter of our regular Sunday night radio show on Zambezi 107.7 fm writes of a recent Zambian night in Zimbabwe.
Zambezi 107.7 fm, Livingstone’s leading local radio station seems to have a huge listenership across the Zambezi River in Victoria Falls town, Zimbabwe (above). In fact our neighbors seem to enjoy our station, as well as our Zambian music, much more than Zambians themselves do! So, with this in mind, three Zambezi 107.7 fm deejays and one local artiste graced the Wild Thing Action Bar in Vic Falls, Zim, on Friday July 6 2012.
Local Artiste Shyman accompanied by radio presenters George Da Soulchild-Kaufela, E-vibes and Chin-I were picked up from the Zimbabwean border at 21:26 by Bruce and Akim after spending close to three hours at the Zim border in talks with the officers because Chin-I was almost denied entry but that’s another story for another day……(apparently it all had something to do with ‘saggy pants’ but…..donchi kubeba!!! – ed)
From the border we went straight to the venue, the “Wild Thing”. After such a stressful border crossing, we wondered whether our night would lighten up and also whether the Club would live up to its name. This was our second visit in two years – the only person missing from the first trip was ‘Tendai with an I’ who was well replaced with Shyman, a fitting replacement if you ask me! (No-one did – ed) As it turned out the Club really lived up to expectations, there were more people who attended compared to the last time we were in Vic Falls.
By 11pm Chin-I stepped up to play house music with a mixture of Zambian and Ragga, the crowd loved him. E-Vibes came in next getting the same reaction, then me just before Shyman, who put up a memorable performance. I believe we all did our best and had a great time in the end despite the earlier border misunderstandings. The Club was well attended and the party went on till 3am.
We seem to have satisfied the locals and I bet we met their expectations pretty well, as we earned ourselves an invitation to Chinotimba Township that also has a lot of love for Zambian music. The Township is about 30km away from Vic Falls Town – next month end. Even though they can’t get Zambezi FM they have heard of it and speak highly of its radio presenters and programming.