The Simon Mwewa Experience

Meet Simon Mwewa, (above) Livingstone entrepreneur and guest on the most recent edition of the Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient featuring Jay Hillz, the weekly radio show we sponsor on Zambezi fm, one of Livingstone’s three local radio stations. The show has been airing every Sunday night at 20.30 hrs CAT since the end of 2007! The show is a lively mixture of chat with our guest and the latest international and Zambian music, guests are often visitors staying at the lodge but local entrepreneurs and celebrities also feature.

Simon told listeners that he was not related to late Dr Simon Mwewa, former Mayor of Lusaka, and that it was just a coincidence of names. He hails from Luapula Province in the north of Zambia but was mostly brought up on the Copperbelt. He moved around a lot as a youngster as his father was a civil servant working in local government and was frequently transferred from city to city. Following his secondary education at Kitwe Boys, Simon graduated from Copperbelt University in Forestry and spent years in the forestry sector, mostly in wood processing and product management. He had eventually moved to Namibia involved in marketing forestry products before moving back to Zambia in late 2013.

As of now Simon is co-owner of the popular Fez Bar in down town Livingstone which also sells food – steaks, pizzas and burgers – and provides entertainment three or four nights per week. Simon said business was picking up following the traditional slow start to business in Livingstone in the early months of the year. Simon also has a business selling tyres, and a start up marketing Chinese medicine.

The music on the show was good featuring tracks from Clean Bandit, Michael Calfan, David Hasselhoff, Ty Dollar Sign, Phyno, Teliq, Flo Rida and Camster ft Afunika – a lively mixture as I said!

Milli Jam wanted to know Simon’s taste in music and our guest told listeners that he liked both gospel and hip hop. He revealed he had been married to Monica for twelve years and the happy couple had three young children – two girls and a boy. He loves playing chess as well as table tennis but business means he has less time for these activities than in the past. Football wise he is a supporter of Power Dynamos and Arsenal. Milli Jam was happy with this revelation. Simon’s all time favourite Arsenal player? Thierry Henry.

Asked where he would like to be and what he would like to be doing ten years’ from now, Simon said he would like to be the owner of a very successful, much expanded Fez Bar and a wealthy entrepreneur.

We wished him the best of luck.


The Maninga Experience

Alberto Maninga

Meet Alberto Maninga (above), manager of Baobab Communications in Livingstone, and guest on the most recent edition of the Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient featuring Jay Hillz. The Experience is the weekly radio show sponsored by Chanters Lodge, airing at 20.30 hrs CAT for an hour every Sunday night on Zambezi 94.1 fm, Livingstone’s leading local radio station. The show is a lively mixture of latest international and Zambian music, combined with chat with our guest of the week.

Milli Jam wanted to know how business levels were at Baobab’s internet cafe and Alberto told listeners that times were tough. The fact of more and more Zambians owning smart phones and therefore having less need of desk top internet facilities had taken its toll. However, the cafe was also the Livingstone agent for Coppernet, one of Zambia’s biggest internet service providers, so income was generated from that source. They also provide printing and photocopying services but the company was looking to diversify. Alberto had been in charge for the past few years.

Alberto told listeners that he had started in business as a cross border trader and in the days of Zambia Airways, Zambia’s national airline, wound up in 1992, had travelled world wide buying and selling. This had led him to England where he had spent some twenty years in various jobs and enjoying further education particularly in IT. Asked why he had decided to return to Zambia he said that the lure of ‘home’ had been too strong to resist. Although he hailed from Livingstone, his father had been a police officer so he had ended up being educated at various different schools across the country.

The music on the show was great. We opened with latest tracks from Wiz Khalifa and Omi. Milli Jam dropped tracks from Afunika, Nicki Minaj, Flo Rida and Macky 2. Our pick of the week was Sia’s ‘Big Girls Cry’ and we closed with ‘Can’t Stop Playing (Makes Me High) (Oliver Heldens Remix) (feat. Ane Brun)’ by Dr. Kucho! & Gregor Salto. There’s a mouthful! Alberto said his favourite music genres were country as well as rock and roll. Hhis favourite band? U2.

Even before he had gone to England to live, Alberto had been an Arsenal fan and had really enjoyed Saturday afternoons standing on the North Bank, Highbury supporting his team! Brought back memories for yours truly! His favourite all time players Dennis Bergkamp and Ian Wright – take your pick. His favourite current star? Alexis.

Asked where he would like to be and what he would like to be doing ten years’ from now he said he wanted to be a farmer with milking cattle and rabbits. We wished him the best of luck and thanked him for coming on our show.



The Braithwaite Experience

Anthony and Kate Braithwaite


Meet Anthony and Kate Braithwaite, guests on the most recent edition of the Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient ft Jay Hillz. ‘The Experience’ is our weekly radio show airing on Zambezi fm, Livingstone’s leading local radio station, every Sunday night since November 2007! Just imagine! The station transmits our show on 94.1 fm at 20.30 hrs CAT for an hour live. The programme is a lively mixture of latest international and Zambian popular music as well as chat with our Guests, often clients staying at Chanters Lodge, as indeed were Anthony and Kate (above).

Anthony told listeners that he and Kate, who had been married for five years, had been living in Lusaka for the past three years. Anthony who is British, with Barbadian roots, met Kate, who is Zambian, in England “on a blind date a long long time before we actually got married” we were told. Kate professed to being ‘rather shy’ and Anthony answered most of our questions. Milli Jam wanted to know Kate’s tribe and upon being told she was Bemba cast huge doubts on the shyness issue! We carried on…..Anthony has two children ‘of his own’ and six grand children as well as loads of step children! He also has two business degrees from UK universities.

Anthony told listeners that he is a venture capitalist working for Global Trading Offshore in Lusaka looking to help the development of Zambia by providing access to capital, particularly for entrepreneurs, and was involved with various projects in Lusaka. He and Kate were visiting Livingstone, he for the first time, partly for pleasure but partly for business looking at a real estate project in the city.

Anthony told us that he is very much involved with fund raising for the Kucetekela Foundation, a Zambian NGO concerned with the provision of secondary education to bright children with financial challenges. In this regard he was particularly grateful to Best Of Zambia and Stanbic Bank for their support.

The music on the show was great, we featured tracks from Jess Glynne as well as Sigma ft Labrinth. Others were from Rihanna, Willz and Wezi with their Zambian smash ‘Toliwe’. Milli Jam chose work from Omarion and Izrael ft Nalu. Our pick of the week was from the sensational James Bay and we closed with a new track from Usher ft Chris Brown.

Whilst in Livingstone Anthony and Kate would visit Victoria Falls and were looking forward to a one day safari in Chobe NP, Botswana. Anthony told listeners his preferred listen to music is reggae and that he is a long term supporter of Liverpool FC. Jay enjoyed that revelation, others did not!! Anthony is also a black belt in Tae Kwan Do and gives free lessons to vulnerable children in Lusaka as and when he has the time.

Asked where he would like to be and what he would like to be doing ten years from now, Anthony said he would be retired in his beach front property in Barbados with regular visits to London and Lusaka. Sounded pretty good to the rest of us!



Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all my family, blog readers, Guests at, and staff of, Chanters Lodge, Livingstone, in fact all previous Guests and Clients of the lodge! And to Facebook friends, Twitter followers, Google+ friends and acquaintances, as well as all my contacts on LinkedIn! Merry Christmas!


Pompi – New Album!

Thanks to George da Soulchild Kaufela, co-host of our Sunday night radio show for this piece.

Zambian gospel hip-hop artist Chaka, popularly known by his stage name Pompi, is this December expected to be dropping his second album on the Zambian market which will be titled “Mizhu”, literally translated as ‘roots’. Pompi will release the fifteen track album which will focus on a story of a boy, representing his dreams of flying and is rooted in the word.

The album will feature prominent names from the gospel music circles from around Zambia. Pompi is currently enjoying massive air play on different radio stations within Lusaka with his new single called ‘Packaging’, which he said is targeted at the lost and the church.

The Gospel music rapper is signed under Lotahouse meaning house of dreams, the label which is currently home to four artists namely Magg44, Tio, Abel Chungu Musuka and Pompi himself. In an interview with the Daily Nation recently, Pompi said Lotahouse as a record label has a vision of creating music from which young people will draw inspiration and that the music will be used as an agent to help save Zambia and Africa at large.

When asked about his transition from the secular world to now a believer of the gospel, Pompi said, “the life I lived in the past was an act and it was easy for me to have a transition because fruits do not fall far from the tree.” Pompi who made a mark after his transition with songs like Make up, Nipempela and Chipolopolo Unlimited has promised his fans a great album.

We shall wait and see!


Brenda & John Jepson – Silver Surfers, World Travellers!

Meet Brenda and John Jepson (above), the most recent Chanters Lodge Guests to appear on our weekly Sunday night radio show, The Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milly Jam Ingredient, featuring George da Soulchild Kaufela. The show airs on Zambezi 107.7 fm, Livingstone’s leading local radio station, every Sunday at 20.30 hrs and streams live on the net. Brenda and John, world travellers and silver surfers! How do we know? Well, in answer to Milli Jam’s first question “how did you find out about Chanters Lodge” the reply was “we googled ‘accommodation Livingstone’ checked out the lodge on Trip Advisor, quickly realizing that Richard couldn’t have written all those good review himself!” World travellers? Brenda and John make about 4 long haul trips every year.
The Jepsons said they had spent nearly two very enjoyable weeks in South Africa, including nine days in the Kruger National Park, before coming to Zambia. They were accompanied by daughter Anna, in South Africa to compete in the Comrades Marathon in Durban but unable too run, due to a last minute thigh strain. Anna is a chartered accountant working in Sydney, Australia and son Colin is a banker, also on a four year contract ‘down under’. Married 42 years, John and Brenda live north of Dundee in Scotland but originally hail from the midlands of England. They are both retired having worked for many years in local government.

The music on the show was great. We opened with Gary Barlow’s number one UK jubilee hit ‘Sing’ back to back with Usher’s latest ‘Scream’, also charting in UK. George’s local selections were Slap Dee’s ‘Kuichayila’ coupled with ‘Chipolopolo Unlimited’ by Pompi and many others. ‘Chipolopolo’ means copper bullets and is the nickname for the Zambia national football team. Zambia has been even more football crazy than usual since the country won the Africa Cup earlier this year. People were happy that the team had beaten Ghana the day before the show in a world cup qualifier. Milli Jam dropped ‘Take Care’ by Drake featuring Rihanna and Mi Casa’s ‘Heavenly Sent’ – a South African smash.
Each week on the show we give away a dinner for two at the lodge to the first person to text us telling us who’s singing our ‘oldie of the week’ but the prize was not won on this show – the track was Alan Jackson’s ‘www.memory’ but listeners could remember! One up to Richard!
John and Brenda told listeners they had much enjoyed the activities they had done while they were in Livingstone. The highlight had been their helicopter flight over the Falls – they had been the only passengers in the chopper and the pilot had spun them three times over and around the Falls! Great bird fanciers – (but not ‘twitchers’ – they said), they had been delighted to see an African Finfoot during their river safari – a rare species and one they had wanted to spot for a long time.

Asked where they would like to be and what they would like to be doing in 10 years’ time, this lovely couple who had met all those years ago on a blind date, said they would love to still be travelling, possibly living in Australia and maybe cuddling their grandchildren. I wouldn’t bet against it!


Water’s Edge, Luangwa River

A friend has apparently just taken over this beautiful place next to the Luangwa River pictured above. This piece on the website is from the previous operators, I’ve sort of doctored most of the English but left the final paragraph – just for fun. I doubt very much whether the new operators will be offering hunting – they are much more eco minded than that! The place looks wild and wonderful.

Pia Manzi means in nyanja « at the edge of water » and this private game reserve situated 4 hours drive or 45 minutes flying time from Lusaka is effectively a real chance to be able to purpose an unbelievable stay in Zambia.

Zambia has been able to manage its wild life and flora. The country put in place a management of its wild life and is definitively now the best country in Africa to discover, or for an hunting safari. The landscape diversity, the wild life and the flora, the welcome of their citizens will make you feel as if you are in another world with wonderful tours, safari photo or the best of hunting.

Situated East from Lusaka, in the nice South Luangwa area, Pia Manzi Private Game Reserve is in the heart of the best Zambia hunting area. The Pia Manzi Private Game Reserve’s advantage is purpose built to provide a very private and exclusive stay. There are 37 animal species (some rare), more than 100 birds species, everything on a 18 000 hectares private property. 8 people is the current capacity. Pia Manzi is made for distinctive visitors wishing a very private stay on their own property. We are able to offer very good quality hunting (rifle or bow hunting), safari photo, trekking and fishing. Gastronomy and warm welcome can only be dispensed in this private property.

To reach us, we strongly recommend our own private airstrip ; the fly is absolutely wonderful. Finally, to complete you stay, we are to your disposal for more complementaries options allowing you to discover this marvelous country. Our Manager, our rangers, our cooker and all our staff will be to your disposal to satisfy all your need.

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