Zambian Music Scene

George Da Soulchild, co-host of our remarkably successful radio programme The Chanters Lodge Experience with The Milli Jam Ingredient featuring George Da Soulchild (pictured above), writes a blog for us every week about the local music scene. Our radio show goes out for an hour every Sunday night at 20.30 hrs on Zambezi Radio 107.7 fm and features latest music worldwide, and chat. Guests are usually international and often resident at Chanters Lodge. Here’s George’s latest piece about Danny and Taonga.

Up And Coming Gospel Artist Taonga Gets Double ‘Born & Bred’ Nomination.
Being nominated for the Born & Bred music and video awards may be considered a great achievement for any young artist seeking recognition on the Zambian music scene. 21-year-old Taonga Nyirongo has been nominated not for one, but two awards this year. Firstly in the Best Gospel Video category for his song Chikondi which is popular on ZNBC TV2.

Taonga’s second nomination is for Best Promising Artist category, something which he says is an achievement knowing the fact that he is yet to succeed in the music industry. Taonga who also presents gospel show on Muvi TV says the music indutry is on the raise and the Goverment and the business society should invest as it does in other countries to ensure the growth of the Industry. Other nominees for Born and Bred include JK, Slap D, Alfa Romeo, Roberto, Brothahood Crew, Judy and Petersen just to mention a few.

Born n Bred Awards are set for the 16 of this month and will be aired live on Both ZNBC and ZNBC TV2 @20:30.

Danny Takes Album Launch To RSA
Danny Siulapwa aka Danny Kaya is set to take his ‘Live’ album launch to South Africa under the the auspices of DJ Tabs Entertainment. Danny,said his decision to go to South Africa for a show on December 15 was due to popular demand. So if you’re in South Africa on the 15th December, just make sure you attend the show.

And for that matter, if you’re in Livingstone on Sunday evening, make sure you don’t miss the Chanters Lodge Experience on 107.7 fm at 20.30 hours – you might even win a dinner for 2 at the fantastic Chanters Lodge!


Ty2 & Born N Bred Awards

George Soulchild who co-hosts our Sunday night radio show on Zambezi Radio 107.7 fm, contributes regularly to the blog. Here’s his latest piece:

Ty2 Reaches out to Jakayo

Local artist Ty2, whose real name is Mbangweta Mweendaweli, has reached out to Jk and Kayombo to help him relaunch his 4th studio album in grand style. JK and Kayombo, together know as “JAKAYO”, are jointly managing a music distribution, promotion and packaging company under the same name.

“Another Level” is Ty2’s latest offering – it was quietly released in June this year under David Sling Studio – but because of lack of promotion not many fans knew that the album was out, resulting in poor CD sales.Ty2 hopes that the move to Jakayo will boost sales. More importantly he hopes it will put him in a position to have shows almost every weekend. Most artistes in Zambia make more money from concerts than from CD sales.

Born N Bred video awards set for the 16 of December.

Born and Bred music video Awards have been held every year in December since 2008. This year, Zambia’s only video music awards are set for Thursday 16th December.The biggest question on everyone’s mind is who is going to win the Music Video Of The Year, as this year has seen some great music videos – most of them being locally produced. Music Video Of The Year has in the past been won by the likes of Mampi and Roberto. The awards were created to help the music industry advance in music video productions and so far things are looking great:-)



Here’s some good news this Monday morning, from UK Zambians

A Zambian young actor, Olutunji Ebun-cole, has emerged as winner of the BEFFTA Young Achiever Award in the BEFFTA Special Awards Category. Olutunji (famously called Tunji) beat seven other contenders aged between 13 and 28, to win the prestigious Award. Tunji, whose mother is Zambian and his father Nigerian, is at 13 years of age an accomplished young actor. He has played main leading roles in film and television. He played the Lead role of ‘Joseph’ in the Short Film “New Boy” which was nominated for an Oscar Award at the 2009 ceremony. Tunji also acted as ‘Cola Kid’ in James Bond’s ‘Casino Royale’, directed by Martin Campbell. His other credits include working with David Swimmer (famously known as Ross in the American Sitcom “FRIENDS”) in the film called “Run Fat Boy Run”. He also played as background artist in the film ‘Sixty Six’ with Paul Weiland and as ‘Child in Street’ with David Corneberg in “Untitled”.

Tunji who has an amazing CV of his acting career at such a young age, has also starred in many short films on television in addition to appearing as a child actor, an extra, voice over, background artist, walk-on and has featured in many high profile adverts by Nickelodeon as well as on BBC, BBC2, Sky, ITV, JWT, CBBC, BBDO and AMV including adverts for Scaletrix, Clarks, Sainsbury’s, Persil and ‘CHINS’, among many others.

On receiving the news of Tunji’s Award, his Zambian mother Jayne Mwondela said ‘I am very proud of Tunji. He is such an amazing child. He loves what he does, and he does not let it get to his head. I thank God for giving me a child such as Tunji.”

The BEFFTA Awards honour and recognize black and ethnic talent in Entertainment, Film, Fashion, Television and Arts. While other nominees have to be selected through a public vote to win an Award in their respective categories, winners in the BEFFTA Special Awards Category such as Tunji are selected by a Special Panel of BEFFTA Members.

Tunji was honoured together with other BEFFTA winners at a lavish red carpet BEFFTA Awards Ceremony to held on Saturday 30 October 2010 at the Westminster Central Hall in London.


George Soulchild – Guest Blog

Here’s George Soulchild’s guest blog for the week. The photo is of an Ngoma Award statuette. I was lucky enough to win one in 2008 for my contribution towards the development of Zambian musicians!

“The National Arts Council of Zambia (NAC) and other stakeholders have started organizing the 14th Ngoma Awards show to take place on December 3 in Lusaka. This year’s theme is ‘Growing the Creative Industry’. The event has more than seven categories – visual arts, creative writing, media arts, music, drama, children’s theatre, traditional dance and theatre comedy – just to mention a few. The creative industry is growing tremendously and this year there will be about 24 awards given to the most deserving artists in the country.

The Ngoma Awards shows started in 1997 and were first held in Lusaka, Zambia. Then they were known as National Honours Awards but in 1998 the name was changed to Ngoma Awards. The first awards show was held at Lusaka Intercontinental Hotel. In the past two years the awards shows were held in Livingstone and Kitwe respectively, in the Southern and Copperbelt provinces of Zambia. The show is held every year to honour Zambian artists who have done exceptional work deserving to be recognised and appreciated.

Alpha Romeo – A new kid on the block
Alpha Romeo is the new kid on the block, his music style is mainly hip-hop sung in Nyanja and he is quite popular with young people. His first single ‘Will’ was released some time late last year. His lyrics are full of social commentary and his most popular song at the moment is ‘’Rumour’’ produced by KB for K-Amy Entertainment. We played this track on the Chanters show as our second local number. Alpha’s14 track album ‘President’ drops next week and is something all hip-hop fans should look out for.
Crystal Shaun – The most underrated artist
Crystal Shaun aka Webster Chilufya has been in the local music industry since the late 90’s when he was still doing his secondary education at Mpika Boys School along with fellow local artistes Runnel and Danny. He dropped his first album in 2004 – it carried the smash hit song “Elina” featuring Runnel produced by TK of Romaside Studio in Lusaka. His follow up album was released under David Sling Studio also based in Lusaka. Crystal Shaun is one of the most underrated artists on the local scene as he’s got so much more to offer. If you take some time to listen to any of his work you’ll agree with me. His style of music is soft raga sung in Bemba and Nyanja. He is currently in the studio cooking up his new sound. On the Chanters’ show we played a song titled ‘’Chimami’’ from his forthcoming album which still untitled.”

Thanks George for your usual entertaining and interesting insight!


Congratulations Kennedy Mweene!

Kennedy Mweene, Zambia’s international goalkeeper, and long time friend of Chanters Lodge, has been appointed captain of Free State Stars the South African premier league outfit for whom he’s played for some time now. There’s a nice photo of Kennedy and friend on a visit to Chanters Lodge a while ago. Here’s the piece from

“South Africa based goalie Kennedy Mweene has been appointed team captain for Free State Stars football club following the retirement of Duncan Lechosa. In an interview from his South African Base, Mweene said the Zambia Vs Comoros Islands match on September 4, 2010 would be a “very dangerous” encounter and advised fellow national team players to approach the game with seriousness.

“We don’t know much about Comoros Islands so if we underrate them they will disappoint us, it is a very dangerous game and we have to be very careful,” he said. Mweene said he had had discussion with other national team players who had expressed a similar feeling towards the handling of the game.

Meanwhile the new Free State Stars skipper, said he was honoured with the appointment. “It’s a great feeling, you see when you are playing football you always have it in your mind that one day, time will come to be a leader,” Mweene said. He said the appointment was an indication that he had exhibited exemplary behavior and good altitude towards other players.

“This is an indication that my team mates appreciate what I have done both on the pitch and outside and so I am humbled to take on such responsibility. Free State Stars appointed the Zambian international Kennedy Mweene as their new captain after the retirement of Duncan “King” Lechesa.

Stars general manager Rantsi Mokoena confirmed Mweene’s appointment after a management committee meeting in Bethlehem on Tuesday.”

Congratulations Kennedy. All the best for a winning season and for your international career!


Esther Phiri – Congrats!

Zambian female boxing star Esther Phiri defeated Duda Yankovich of Brazil in the Zambian capital on Saturday night, becoming the new Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA) weltherweight champion.

The 24-year-old Zambian fighter showed great aggression from the second round and won the 10 round bout, when the three judges marked the scores as 100-91, 100-95 and 100-91.

The new WIBA welterweight champion expressed her gratitude towards her supporters and said she was proud to be a Zambian. The Brazilian pugilist, who is 10 years older than her Zambian opponent, wished Esther a bright future after the defeat.

The WIBA welterweight title was vacant before the fight.


Melissa Shales

We were lucky to have Melissa Shales as a Guest at Chanters Lodge recently, and there’s the picture of us together in the garden at the lodge.

Melissa’s an award-winning travel writer, editor and photographer, and has worked with many of the world’s best-known guidebook publishers, including Michelin, Fodors, the AA, Frommers, Dorling Kindersley, Berlitz and Insight Guides, winning three best guidebook awards! In addition to her freelance work, Melissa’s a director of l & L Media, a contract publishing company producing high quality books, magazines and newsletters for consumers and the trade. She’s currently Chairman of the British Guild of Travel Writers.

Melissa’s on a Steel Safari through Africa researching the history of the Cape to Cairo rail routes, though her quest to travel from Lusaka to Livingstone by rail failed – that service has deteriorated ever since, and perhaps because, my shoes were stolen in the night in about May 1998, when Chanters Lodge was a start-up and we frequently used the service!

Ms Shales writes “with the British firmly ensconced at either end of the African continent, Cecil Rhodes, great visionary or megalomaniac, depending on your point of view, dreamed of colouring the map of Africa red and of running a railway line the length of the continent, through British territory the whole way – from Cairo to Cape Town. He didn’t quite succeed, although he annexed half of Africa in the attempt, but with the creation of the Tazara railway in the 1970s, the route was almost completed. The story however is not that simple…”

“The main route south from Cairo to Cape Town leads through Egypt, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Each of the main lines along the route was built by different people, at a different time and for a different purpose. Together, these lines were an extraordinary achievement for the builders, but also represent a staggering feat of social engineering that opened up a continent to the modern world.”

We wish Melissa all the best with her project and thank her for choosing Chanters Lodge.


Stella Awards

It’s time again for the annual ‘Stella Awards’! For those unfamiliar with these awards, they’re named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued the McDonald’s in New Mexico, where she purchased coffee. You remember: she took the lid off the coffee and put it between her knees while she was driving. Who would ever think one could get burned doing that, right?

That’s right; these are awards for the most outlandish lawsuits and verdicts in the U.S.

Here are the Stellas for the past year:

Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas was awarded $80,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The store owners were understandably surprised by the verdict, considering the running toddler was her own son.

Carl Truman, 19, of Los Angeles , California won $74,000 plus medical expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Truman apparently didn’t notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal his neighbor’s hubcaps.

Terrence Dickson, of Bristol, Pennsylvania, who was leaving a house he had just burglarized by way of the garage. Unfortunately for Dickson, the automatic garage door opener malfunctioned and he could not get the garage door to open. Worse, he couldn’t re-enter the house because the door connecting the garage to the house locked when Dickson pulled it shut. Forced to sit for eight, count ’em, EIGHT days and survive on a case of Pepsi and a large bag of dry dog food, he sued the homeowner’s insurance company claiming undue mental Anguish. Amazingly, the jury said the insurance company must pay Dickson $500,000 for his anguish. We should all have this kind of anguish.

Jerry Williams, of Little Rock, Arkansas, garnered 4th Place in the Stella’s when he was awarded $14,500 plus medical expenses after being bitten on the butt by his next door neighbor’s beagle – even though the beagle was on a chain in its owner’s fenced yard. Williams did not get as much as he asked for because the jury believed the beagle might have been provoked at the time of the butt bite because Williams had climbed over the fence into the yard and repeatedly shot the dog with a pellet gun.

Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania because a jury ordered a Philadelphia restaurant to pay her $113,500 after she slipped on a spilled soft drink and broke her tailbone. The reason the soft drink was on the floor: Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument. What ever happened to people being responsible for their own actions?

Kara Walton, of Claymont, Delaware sued the owner of a night club in a nearby city because she fell from the bathroom window to the floor, knocking out her two front teeth. Even though Ms. Walton was trying to sneak through the ladies room window to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge, the jury said the night club had to pay her $12,000….oh, yeah, plus dental expenses. Go figure.

This year’s runaway First Place Stella Award winner was: Mrs. Merv Grazinski, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who purchased new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On her first trip home, from an OU football game, having driven on to the freeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver’s seat to go to the back of the Winnebago to make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the motor home left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Also not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not putting in the owner’s manual that she couldn’t actually leave the driver’s seat while the cruise control was set. The Oklahoma jury awarded her, are you sitting down? $1,750,000 PLUS a new motorhome. Winnebago actually changed their manuals as a result of this suit, just in case Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy a motor home.

Have a nice weekend!


Lukundo Nalungwe – Mnet Face of Africa 2010!

Zambia and Chanters Lodge are proud of Lukundo who last night won the MNet Face of Africa modelling competition. Congratulations!

Lukundo Nalungwe is a 22-year-old student from Kabwe, Zambia. Currently studying for a certificate in Business Administration, Lukundo is a movie aficionado who lists Van Helsing, The Matrix, Transformers, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean and 300 as her favourite films. She says the best thing about Africa is its “beautiful historic places and wildlife” and names Paris as her favourite place outside of the continent for its “beautiful ambience, food and perfumes”. Her sisters played a big role in her life because of their strength.
If she weren’t a model, Lukundo would love to be a photographer or an explorer.


Miss Zambia & Other Award Nominations!

Following on from yesterday’s story about Anawana Haloba nominated for an important art award in Norway here’s a story from The Post about more nominations for Zambia.

Reigning Miss Zambia UK, Andella Chileshe Matthews (above) has been nominated ‘best beauty queen’ in the Black Entertainment, Fashion, Film & Television Awards (BEFFTAs) to be held at London’s Hilton Metropole on October 17. According to a statement by Justina Mutale, chief executive officer of Perryfield Promotions, the organisers of Miss Zambia UK Beauty Pageant, the BEFFTA Awards is an international prestigious ceremony committed to recognising the all-around accomplishments of black stars.

Andella, who recently represented Zambia at Miss Universe 2009 in the Bahamas, joins other celebrity nominees such as supermodel Naomi Campbell, film star Noel Clarke, award-winning Jazz musician Yolanda Brown, and X-Factor sensations Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke. Others are Miss England Rachel Christie, celebrity photographer, Bukola Garace, top international models, Ibukun Jegede and Jasmina Robinson, and fashion designers Gavin Pierre Medford and Yemi Osunkoya of the world renowned Kosibah Creations.

Mutale stated that former Miss Zambia UK Rosemary Chileshe has also been nominated as ‘best former beauty queen’ while the Miss Zambia UK Beauty Pageant has been nominated ‘best beauty pageant’ and Perryfield Promotions has been nominated “best event promoter”. “I am very proud of Andella and Rosemary on their achievements and BEFFTA nominations. To have four BEFFTA nominations in our camp is a great achievement for us at Miss Zambia UK.

“We would be dedicating the BEFFTA Award to all the contestants who have ever participated in the Miss Zambia UK Beauty Pageant. By participating, they have each in their own unique way played a key role in making Miss Zambia UK one of the best pageants in the world,” Mutale stated.

Black stars to be honoured with the BEFFTA Awards will include musicians, dancers, choreographers, comedians, radio personalities, television personalities, film, actors, actresses, models, beauty queens, DJs, event promoters, fashion designers, hair stylists, make-up artists, photographers, spoken word artists, beauty pageants, community newspapers and magazines.

The BEFFTA Awards ceremony will be filmed for television broadcasting for both UK and international audience. The ceremony will be hosted by UK’s top comedian and Choice FM radio presenter, and TV personality Richard Blackwood.

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