From Calgary to Livingstone!

Heather & Doug Spackman & Bev Loney

Meet Bev Loney (left above), as well as Heather and Doug Spackman, guests on the most recent edition of the Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient featuring Jay Hillz. Bev is Heather’s dad, and Doug her husband of the last twenty eight years! Staying at Chanters Lodge, booked through their agent Mike Donovan at Lion Dog Safaris, Bev, Heather and Doug who hail from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, were kind enough to give us some of their time to appear as guests on our local radio show, airing every Tuesday evening for an hour on Zambezi 94.1 fm, Livingstone’s leading local radio station.

Heather is a school counsellor, Doug an IT specialist in the oil industry and Bev many years retired. Doug and Heather have two ‘kids’ one boy one girl, but no grand children as yet!

Doug told listeners that they had been planning a trip to Africa for the past eight years. Apart from Bev and Heather who had been to North Africa it was the first time for the family to travel to Africa.. Having been told they were at the beginning of a one month trip, “why start in Livingstone?” Wondered Milli Jam. Heather explained that although they had the great Niagara Falls in Canada they had always wanted to see Victoria Falls and now that they had done so, they were certainly not disappointed. They believed Victoria Falls were more impressive.

The family told listeners that apart from seeing Victoria Falls, they had very much enjoyed a one day safari to Chobe NP in Botswana, as well as the lion encounter and elephant safari locally while they had been in Livingstone, and had found Zambians to be very warm and friendly people.

The music on the show was good with tracks from Years and Years, Zayn Malik, Lukas Graham, Charlie Puth ft Selena Gomez as well as Elle King. Also, FJay, Sussie, Mr Veezy and Justin Bieber (in honour of our Canadian guests)!

When they left Zambia the following day the group would travel to Tanzania for a two week safari followed by a week on the beach in Zanzibar! Asked where they would like to be and what they would like to be doing ten years from now, Heather and Doug both wanted to be retired and travelling, Bev wanted to be in good health and still around.

 

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The Tuesday Evening Experience!

Kawana Lubinda

Meet Kawana Lubinda Peter (above), Guest on the first ever Tuesday evening edition of the Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient featuring Jay Hillz which aired on 26th January. The Experience is our weekly radio show on Zambezi 94.1 fm, Livingstone’s leading local radio station, and has been a regular feature since 2007, in the past on Sunday evenings.

Peter told Milli Jam that he had been working at Zambezi fm for the past week in the marketing department. He is a graduate in Mass Communications and is also an agriculturist. He completed high school in Mazabuka – the sugar town – in Southern Province and indeed had his first broadasting job in that town with community radio in 2004. Since then his experience has been such that he believes he can ‘do anything in radio broadcasting’. Milli Jam wondered whether he had also worked in television or print media but Peter said that aspect was still something for the future.

The music on the show was good. We did not feature Peter’s favourite Boys2Men, but did play tracks from AlunaGeorge ft Popcaan, Ne-Yo, Olly Murs and Pet Shop Boys. There was also work from Shenky Shuga ft Che-Che, Justin Bieber, Slap D and the latest from Sigala – ‘Say You Do’. We do our best to help the station keep up with the new tracks in UK and USA.

Peter told listeners that he has been married for nine years and has two boys and a girl. He sent his love to his wife who was listening. He supports Manchester United and said he thought Louis van Gaal should be given more time to bring back success to his favourite club. His favourite all time player – Ruud van Nistelrooy. He had never done the bungee jump but was looking forward to marketing the station to various of the activity companies in Livingstone as well as other corporates.

Asked where he would like to be and what he would like to be doing ten years’ from now, Peter told listeners that he would like to be very independent, an entrepreneur and an investor, especially in the agriculture sector with a big farm. We thanked him for letting us be the first show at Zambezi fm to delve into his personality and experience!

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Panji-Nanji Kakube on ‘The Experience’

Panji-Nanji Kakube

Meet Panji-Nanji Kakube (above), guest on a recent edition of our local radio show – The Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient featuring Jay Hillz. The show has had a regular Sunday night spot on Zambezi 94.1 fm, Livingstone’s leading local radio station, ever since 2007 but has recently run into problems due to ‘load shedding’ – simply known as power cuts in other countries, every Sunday night at the station’s studios in downtown Livingstone. It is hoped the show will soon move to a Tuesday night when the electricity supply may be more reliable.

Panji told listeners that he was a local Livingstone lad, having been born in the town and also completed his secondary education at Linda High School. He was back in town for a short holiday during the festive period. He is currently employed in Lusaka by Joe Public (Z) Ltd, a high powered communications agency out of South Africa. He is manager in the operations department servicing several ‘blue chip’ clients including EcoBank and Mugg and Bean.

Panji has a diploma in computer technology as well as marketing management. The early part of his career saw him employed at Maramba River Lodge in Livingstone and then Capitol Cinema, when there was a drive, led by Peter Jones, to restore the historic art deco building to its former glory.

The music on the show was good featuring, among others, tracks from Fuse ODG, Coldplay, The Weekend, Tove Lo and Maria Carey. Panji told listeners his taste in music was quite wide – he had a love of Jimi Hendrix and locally the work of Zone Fam and Jay Rox.

Panji is single, intends to marry in June this year, and has a little girl Claire, aged 1 year and 8 months. “Awwww”. We said. Asked where he would like to be and what he would like to be doing ten years’ from now. Our guest told listeners that he wanted to be a leader in the advertising industry in Zambia, the thought leader and go to person in fact!

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The Victor Hambayi Overland Experience

V. Hambayi

Why the Victor Hambayi ‘Overland’ Experience? Well, Victor Hambayi, pictured above, was our guest on the most recent edition of the Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient ft Jay Hillz, our weekly Sunday night radio show airing at 20.30 hrs for an hour live on Zambezi 94.1 fm’ Livingstone’s longest established local commercial radio station. Victor is an overland driver/guide with Nomad Africa Adventure Tours, hence the headline! Nomad boasts a fleet of around 40 vehicles, 150 staff and 40 scheduled departures a month all over Africa. Victor told listeners that he had worked for the outfit for about three years.

Whilst the group has lots of different tours Victor told us that he most often does the trip from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, via Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. He drives and guides and is accompanied by a chef who cooks for the Clients – between 19 and 26 people per trip, sometimes camping throughout, sometimes lodge accommodation throughout, sometimes a combination. Victor clearly likes the guiding side of the job more than the driving which he described as ‘tough’. “Breakdowns?” We wondered. “Occasionally” replied Victor, “but Nomad are well organized when the situation arises and vehicles are seldom stuck with a breakdown for more than 24 hours. Clients are warned in advance that such things do sometimes happen!”

The music on the show was good with tracks from WSTRN, 99 Souls ft Destiny’s Child and Brandy, Years and Years, as well as Format B. Jay dropped two Zambian latest smash hits, ‘Kabouvelo’ by Lloydee and ‘Cocoa Butter’ from Kaladoshas ft Petersen. There was also a remix of Adele’s ‘Hello’ and a South African track from Galza. Victor, whose nick name as a younger man was ‘Mr Smooth’ (“it’s a long story”), told us he likes R&B and that his favourite artists are Bobby Brown and Lionel Richie.

Brought up in Southern Province as his dad worked for Zambia Railways, Victor was educated at St Raphael’s and Hillcrest Secondary Schools in Livingstone and had also been trained in panel beating and spray painting at a local college. By the time he was qualified, Livingstone Motor Assemblers had closed and there were no jobs in his line. He then trained as a driver and worked for Bushtracks in Livingstone before doing a favour for Nomad, ending up working for them. The overland season lasts from February to November so at the time of the show he was enjoying spending time with his wife and family whom he missed a lot when he was on the road. He has four children ranging in ages from 19 to 1 year 2 months!

Asked where he would like to be and what he would like to be doing ten years’ from now, Victor said he would like to have a share in an overland tour business with superb guides offering wonderful service, coupled with extraordinary knowledge.

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Elizabeth Rogers

Elizabeth Rogers

Meet Elizabeth Rogers, a guest at Chanters Lodge, pictured above, who appeared 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 every Sunday night on Zambezi 94.1 fm – Livingstone’s leading commercial local radio station, reaching a radius of about 75 kms around the tourist capital and broadcasting 24/7.

Elizabeth told listeners that this was her first visit to Livingstone which she was very much enjoying, despite the low level of water in Victoria Falls. She had managed to cross on to the Zimbabwe side of the Falls where there is always more water at this time of year – mainly due to our electricity company in Zambia diverting the Zambezi above the Falls to power their hydro electric system. She had really enjoyed the day on both sides of the border.

Elizabeth is a pharmacist by profession, holding a PharmD following 10 years of tertiary education in Virginia, USA from where she hails. We were shocked to learn the length of time she had to study but not really surprised to hear that she was contemplating more studies when she returned to the States. “Do you have student loans to repay”? I wondered. She replied in the affirmative but seemed pretty cool about it! She told listeners that she had been working in Lusaka in public health for the past year – mainly with matters concerning the HIV/Aids epidemic.

The music on the show was good featuring tracks from Ariane Grande, Coldplay, Axwell > Ingrosso ft Pusha T, Omi and Sygma ft Rita Ora. Jay dropped ‘I Love You’ by upcoming Zambian outfit Urban Hype, telling us that he had had the pleasure of interviewing the group during the week on the breakfast show he hosts daily on Zambezi 94.1 fm. He strongly tipped the band for a bright future.

Elizabeth told listeners she had enjoyed a wonderful day out in Chobe NP in Botswana, during her visit where she had been lucky enough to see lions as well, of course, as hundreds and hundreds of elephant. She had experienced a super lunch at Chobe Safari Lodge. She was very excited about the cheetah encounter she had booked for the following morning before her flight back to Lusaka.

She is single, and from the time she leaves Lusaka to return to the States, probably unemployed. We voiced the opinion that neither of these statuses would last long. Music wise she loves Rascal Flatts,and sports wise she is an avid supporter of the USA Ladies Soccer Team – the world champions.

Asked where she would like to be and what she would like to be doing ten years’ from now, she told us that she would like to be married, a mother to her children, and working in pharmaceuticals specifically in the field of drug safety. We wished her all the best!

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The Mark Scarbrough Experience!

Mark Scarbrough

Meet Mark Scarbrough, frequent visitor to Zambia, valued client of Chanters Lodge and once again guest on the most recent edition of the Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient ft Jay Hillz, our weekly radio show airing every Sunday night at 20.30 hrs CAT on Zambezi 94.1 fm. Milli Jam and Jay were very happy that Mark brought them t shirts and hats as well as a very special pair of flashing dark glasses for Jay! I kid you not! I was delighted to be given some Charley Pride CD’s, and for sure Mark is one of the most generous, gentle people you’re ever likely to meet! Mark hails from Oakridge, Tennessee.
Mark told listeners about his latest project to build a clinic and house near Choma in the Southern Province of Zambia, as well as providing a well for the project. Each new project will be branded under the name ‘At Waters Edge’ although the logo and website were not yet finalized. One of Mark’s major undertakings is to identify and rein in corporate sponsors. Mark also has dealings with Karen Wheaton, a seasoned Christian minister whose music and preaching has provoked listeners to pursue God in passionate worship for many years. Karen’s efforts are primarily focused at the Ramp with a view to empowering young people of all races and faiths. Two of the t shirts the guys were given were from The Ramp.

Mark told listeners that his musical tastes ranged from Nat King Cole to Stevie Wonder! The music on this show featured tracks from Justin Bieber, Elly Goulding, Ariana Grande, Pia Mia, Mr Veezy ft Exile, Miguel, Calvin Harris and Tio. Some great Zambian tracks in there!

Mark is a divorcee with two daughters and two grand children. He also has a Zambian son Alec, recently married in USA and now proud dad to baby Olivia born in September. “Awwww!” We said! This trip would take him to UK as well as another week or so in Zambia.
Asked where he would like to be and what he would like to be doing in ten years’ time he would like to be with his daughters on the Milli Jam and Jay Hillz radio show! Nice one!

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Another Norwegian Experience!

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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 РSMISO Рestablished 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 Рsome 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!

 

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Another Dutch Experience!

Martijn Bazen

 

Meet Martijn Bazen, guest on the most recent edition of the Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient ft Jay Hillz, our weekly radio show airing every Sunday at 20.30 hrs CAT on Zambezi 94.1 fm, Livingstone’s leading local radio station. This was the second weekend running that we had featured a Dutchman on our programme – hence the title of the blog. Martin lives in Scheveningen, one of the eight districts of The Hague, ‘Dutch Capital of Peace and Justice’ we were told!

Martijn was on a flying visit to Livingstone, (though he actually arrived in the city by coach from Lusaka), to see the Falls and to spend a day in Chobe NP in Botswana. He told listeners he had enjoyed both of these activities, but that he would come back to Zambia with his family one of these days, to see Victoria Falls when they were full!

Martijn explained that he was in Zambia for five weeks on a voluntary basis helping Makeni Ecumenical Centre in Lusaka with their finances and accounts – he is a Finance Manager by profession. Makeni is a suburb in Lusaka where The Makeni Ecumenical Centre is situated, providing primary, secondary and adult education courses in a variety of vocational subjects, as well as clinics, family planning services, and an AIDS orphan village.

Until recently Martijn was a lecturer in economics and financial management at the University of The Hague, (he holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Amsterdam) but will soon take up an appointment as Finance Manager for the Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra in Amsterdam. Was he excited about his new job Milli Jam wondered? You bet he was! Who wouldn’t be!

The music on our show was far from classical, featuring tracks from Olly Murs, One Direction, Robin Schultz, Ben Haenow and Kelly Clarkson, Mr Jeezy ft Izrael and Roberto, as well as Demi Levato and Ciara. Our guest told us that he has a very wide taste in music, he loves everything from classical to Bob Marley.

Married for 19 years to Justine, a lawyer, the couple have a 16 year old daughter and a 12 year old son, a violinist and footballer respectively! The family support Manchester City and Ajax but our guest declined to discuss the Netherlands’ recent failure to qualify for Euro 2016. Shame!

Asked where he would like to be and what he would like to be doing in ten years’ time, he said he hoped to be a doting grand father and to be happily enjoying his every day! We thanked him for the help he was giving the Makeni Ecumenical Centre and for appearing on our show!

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