Meet Judy Smetherham and Di Rapson (standing at the back, left to right in the picture) and Di’s daughter Calli (sitting left) with friend Kristen ‘Kettle’ Lane plus a whole herd of elephants, as they appeared on last week’s edition of The Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient, featuring George da Soulchild Kaufela on Zambezi 107.7 fm, Livingstone’s leading local radio station. ‘The Experience’ is our regular Sunday night radio show. Actually for the second week running the show featured me, as George was off sick following Milli Jam’s absence on business last week. It was Judy and Di’s third appearance on our show as they are regular visitors to Livingstone, but for Calli and Kettle it was a first. “Why Kettle?” We wondered. “She’s boiling hot” was her friend’s swift reply! Later in the show, when the girls were asked where they would like to be and what they would like to be doing in ten years’ time, “Kettle” replied “baby making”. Hot indeed! Calli wanted to be rich. Girls!
The group are ‘Perth People’ from Western Australia. Calli told listeners that she worked in a call centre for Crown Casino in Perth taking reservations for their hotels Crown Metropole and Crown Promenade. Did she like the job? Not really! Kristen is the manager of a fast food chicken outlet. Music wise the girls said they were into Glee, Disney, Spice Girls, Aqua and Backstreet Boys. “Oldies!” Said Milli Jam perking up interest “just what I like”! The girls said they also liked Flo Rida and Usher, but the latter only when he had his shirt off. “Have you seen his chest?” They asked. “He’s got more ripples than a washboard!” I don’t think we had seen the chest in question, but we got the idea!
We opened the music on the show with Will.i.am’s latest UK number one ‘This Is Love’ featuring Eva Simons, back to back with Chris Brown’s international smash ‘Don’t Wake Me Up’. Milli Jam featured local hits from Slap Dee and Judy (appropriately), as well as international tracks from T-Pain ‘5 O’Clock’ and Nicki Minaj with Chris Brown – ‘Right By My Side’. Our oldie of the week was Gnarls Barclay’s ‘Crazy’ – no-one could text us the right name of the artist on the track so no-one won the dinner for two at Chanters Lodge that we give away on each show. Our pick of the week was Jennnifer Lopez and Pitbull with ‘Sweet Spot’ and we closed with Jordin Sparks latest ‘I’m Out Tonight’.
Judy and Di were in front of the mikes for a short time telling listeners about their jobs back at a primary school in Perth. Judy has been busy with pre-school children while Di helps with children having learning difficulties. Their children love the elephants that these ladies move with, shown in the picture. The group told listeners about their one day safari to Chobe National Park in Botswana, their microlight flight over Victoria Falls. Kristen had done the bridge swing and Judy the ‘Flying Fox’. Crazy indeed! They had toured the local markets scouring for chitenge material and souvenirs and were much looking forward to seeing the lunar rainbow on the following Tuesday as well as riding the jet boat in the gorges below the Falls.
Great people, great show!