Snow On The Experience!

Snow in Africa?! Well, in a way….David and Heather Snow with daughter Mandie (above) from Christchurch in Dorset UK, were guests on the most recent edition of The Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient, featuring George da Soulchild Kaufela – that’s our weekly Sunday night radio show on Zambezi 107.7 fm, Livingstone’s leading local radio station. This, despite David and Mandie both being Spurs supporters!! The family were great guests, full of life and, for the most part, laughter!

Responding to Milli Jam’s questions, David and Heather said they’d been married for 43 years and had originally met at a game of skittles (I explained this game to George and Milli Jam, who looked bemused). “Was it love at first sight?” We wanted to know. “No!” said David quickly “Nor second sight”! Heather was not amused! They told us that Mandie was their only daughter and that they were taking her on trips across the world in the hope that she would meet ‘Mr Right’! “He’d better be rich”! Instructed David.

The family told listeners that they’d arrived in Livingstone just three days previously and that it was their first visit to Zambia, despite having previously travelled to many other African countries. David and Heather were both retired. David had worked for years on off shore oil rigs, for the most part ‘on’ for 56 days, ‘off’ for 28, as well as generally in the oil industry. Heather had been a teaching assistant before retirement. Daughter Mandie explained that she works in the housing department for local government in Dorset and was involved with re-housing homeless people.

The music on the show was up to date, and amongst other tracks we featured Mavado’s beautiful ‘Soulja Girl’ back to back with Madonna’s ‘Gang Bang’ – one of the few interesting tracks on her insipid new album. George featured Bryan’s ‘Tsunami’ back to back with T-Sean, Petersen and Dalisoul with their controversial ‘Adam’ for his Zambian selection. Milli Jam picked Adele’s ‘Set Fire To The Rain’. Our oldie of the week was James Blunt’s ‘Superstar’ and the prize for texting us the name of the performing artist was quickly snapped up by a listener in Nsongwe Village, out of town. We were delighted. JLS with ‘Proud’ and Emeli Sande with ‘River’ closed the show.

The family told listeners that they had loved their lion encounter and helicopter over the Falls combo that they’d done that day, and of course had been thrilled by Victoria Falls. They were looking forward to their forthcoming one week safari through Botswana, especially their time in the Okavango Delta.

Avoiding any more mention of football, we asked Heather what music she liked – Paul Weller was her answer and she was happy to hear that his new album had charted at number one in UK that very day. Mum Heather liked Cliff Richard and Tom Jones. Asked where they would like to be and what they would like to be doing ten years from now the family said they would like to be healthy, happy and travelling.

It was a super show with super Guests and great music!