Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown

Meet Gordon Brown (above) frequent guest at Chanters Lodge, Livingstone and also our 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 every Sunday night at 20.30 hrs for an hour live on Zambezi 94.1 fm, and is an easy mixture of latest international and Zambian pop music, interspersed with chat with our guest. Gordon told listeners that this was his fourth or fifth visit to Livingstone in recent years, and that he found Chanters to be a good place to stay, not a luxury lodge, but homely, comfortable, clean with good food and helpful, friendly staff. That made us feel happy!

Gordon is Canadian from Victoria, BC and spent 35 years as a primary school teacher, headmaster and administrator in the Canadian education system. He had been ‘retired’ for the past twenty years. He is a widower with a son, daughter and four grandchildren all living quite near him in Victoria. Our guest told listeners that he first came to Zambia in 1996 under VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), a quasi British government outfit, as a lecturer at David Livingstone Teacher Training College in Livingstone. He had also spent time in Ghana under the auspices of VSO.

The music on the show was good with tracks from Fuse ODG, Nero, Hayden James, Chris Brown, Beatenberg, Kayo, Majik Links ft K’Millian and Fifth Harmony. Gordon’s own taste in music he described as ‘very 50’s’! Sports wise he follows ice hockey and his grandson’s support of Wolves in UK has given Gordon a little interest in EPL soccer in UK.

Gordon is very much involved in The Canadian Harambee Education Society (CHES) which helps girls get secondary education by raising funds for scholarships for Kenyan and Tanzanian girls who gain Secondary School placements, but have no funds for school fees. Also by placing CHES girls in boarding schools (wherever possible) to maximize their success. They also support special projects when donations are so targeted such as building dormitories, enriched learning centres and services to support them. CHES sends volunteers (often retired teachers) as agents in Kenya. Gordon is currently busy on a project to provide admin facilities for CHES in Kenya.

Gordon had spent the day of the show in Chobe NP and had been delighted to see both lion and leopard, as well as the usual array of elephant and other animals on the trip. During his visit he would be going across to Zimbabwe to see the Falls from that side, plus a visit to Nakatindi Community School to review progress, as he had been involved in the establishment of that school.

Asked where he would like to be and what he would like to be doing ten years’ from now he replied that he would like to be alive and productive.


Power of Love Foundation on ‘The Experience’


Why the Power of Love Foundation Experience? Well, the Power of Love Foundation is a secular United States charity focused on developing innovative, cost-effective solutions to address the AIDS epidemic. They work directly with women and children impacted by the AIDS epidemic and create long-term solutions that go beyond handouts. The Foundation is very active in Matero, Lusaka where there are some 5000 children infected with HIV/Aids. Matero is one of Lusaka’s huge sprawling low cost housing ‘compounds’. The Foundation is caring for some 275 of these children providing medication, care and support. Amongst other things the Foundation has provided some 20,000 mosquito nets into Matero in the past few years. They have also provided over 550 loans to small business.

On the most recent edition of the Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient ft Jay Hillz, we were lucky enough to have Alka and Suresh Subramanian with their son Jay, as guests on our programme. In the photo Suresh is on the right, Jay next to him and Alka 4th from the right, (they were on their way to Chobe). Alka and Suresh are the prime movers of the Power of Love Foundation. Alka told us that she had given up her job as a professor at the University of South Dakota in order to concentrate full time on her work for the Foundation. Suresh is a Vice President with Hewlitt Packard, and when the couple are not visiting Zambia they are home in San Diego, California. Funds are raised in the States for their Zambian project.

What had first inspired the couple to help Zambia specifically? Wondered Milli Jam. “We fell in love with Zambia at first sight” they replied. “We just love the Zambian smile!” They told us this was roughly their seventh trip to Zambia.

The music on the show was up to our usual high standard and a good mix with tracks from Deorro ft Chris Brown, Axwell / Ingrosso, Miley Cyrus, Bruce Springsteen, Chef 187 ft F-Jay, Sockodie ft Ace Hood, DJ Cosmo ft Kayo and Major Lazer. Alka’s musical taste is locked into oldies with the Beatles and Abba her favourite bands. Suresh loves jazz.

This engaging couple told us that they had met while they were at school together in India, they had been married for 34 years and had two other offspring apart from Jay. They had moved to USA to do their doctorates and now US citizens they had lived there for more than 30 years. They love it. No, theirs was not an ‘arranged marriage’ they responded to my question on the matter. Nor had they ever met Sachin Tendulkar and they could not explain how India had failed to win the recent cricket World Cup!

When not working Alka likes to hike in the mountains near their home, while Suresh has his own small plane which he loves to fly, telling us that one day he would love to fly across Africa! They do enjoy football but this turned out to involve Real Madrid and Man U. Asked where they would like to be and what they would like to be doing ten years from now Suresh said he would like to be retired and together with Alka spending more time in Zambia helping more communities. We thanked them for coming on the show and for the great work their foundation was doing in our country!



The Chris Tours Experience



We were delighted to welcome an old friend of Chanters Lodge, Chris Mweetwa (above with wife Prudence), as our guest on the most recent edition of the Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient featuring Jay Hillz, our weekly radio show airing every Sunday at 20.30 hrs for an hour live on Zambezi fm, Livingstone’s leading local radio station. It was Chris’s second appearance on the programme, his first having been in 2011 when he was the proprietor/driver of just one Toyota Corolla taxi. My how things have changed! Chris’s company handles all of Chanters Lodge safari requirements to Chobe as well as staff transport.

Chris told listeners that he had established his company – Chris Taxis and Tours – in 2011. The company now had one twenty eight seater bus and five eight seater mini buses as well as a taxi. Chris Taxis has five full time employees including 4 drivers and a consultant. In 2012 they were able to establish the company’s website and two years’ ago started to receive their first reviews on TripAdvisor. These things had enormously helped the company to take off and increase sales. The company is able to offer transfers and safaris throughout this part of Southern Africa but their main focus is still on excursions to and safaris in Botswana. To emphasise the point Chris told listeners that he had recently returned from carrying out a guest transfer from Johannesburg.

The music on the show was good with latest hits from Lunchmoney Lewis, Galantis, D’Banj, MC Wabwino, Kantu and Tough Love. Others were from Years and Years, as well as David Guetta ft Nicki Minaj.

Chris told listeners that he had remarried in 2011 following the untimely demise of his first wife and that altogether had five children. He is a staunch member of the SDA church in Maramba and heads their development committee. His favourite music genre is gospel. Milli Jam wanted to know which UK football team Chris supported and was delighted to receive the answer ‘Arsenal’. Some time was spent discussing the about to finish, UK season.

Chris put some of his success down to making and achieving goals and told us that the biggest challenge he faced with his business was the seasonal nature of the tourism industry in Livingstone. Asked where he would like to be and what he would like to be doing ten years’ from now, he said that he would like to construct and be operating from his own business premises, succeed in making his business more international and subsequently be able to employ and help more people


The Neopolitan Experience

Giovanni Ceperano


Meet Giovanni Ceperano from Naples, Italy, (hence the title), on holiday in Zambia, 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 we sponsor every Sunday night on Zambezi 94.1 fm, Livingstone longest established commercial local radio station. The show goes out live from 20.30 hrs for an hour and features local and international pop music, as well as chat with our guest, and social media as well as pop chart updates.

Giovanni said that this was not his first trip to Africa as he had been on safari to East Africa some time back, visiting Kenya and Tanzania. On this journey he had stayed for a week in Kruger NP in South Africa and had been lucky to see all of the ‘Big 5’. Since arriving in Livingstone a few days ago he had been on the sunset cruise on African Queen, and the day of the show he had spent the day in Chobe NP in Botswana where he had seen hundreds of elephant as well as a pride of lion. In between times our guest had been to see Victoria Falls from both Zimbabwe as well as the Zambian side and thought the view from both sides ‘very beautiful’. Had he bungee jumped? No he was ‘scared for that!’

Our guest told listeners that he works for the internal security police in Naples and that he has been a detective in that section for some twenty years. Was his job dangerous, we wondered, going after high powered criminals? “It can be” said our guest. ‘Just a minute’ I said – ‘you’re scared to bungee jump but you chase criminals for a living, how does that work?’ Giovanni laughed.

The music on the show featured hot tracks from Blonde ft Alex Newell, Rudimental, Kantu and DJ Gesh, Britney Spears ft Iggy Azalea, P Square ft Don Janzzy as well as DJ Muzengaman.

Giovanni told he us he was not married and that he had an eight year old son Stefano. His favourite band is U2 and he likes both rock and pop. He loves to go out dancing to discos in Naples when he has time. He’s a big fan of Napoli FC, currently fourth in La Liga and goes to watch – again when his job allows the time. Napoli FC is famous partly because of Diego Maradonna one time player for that team.

Asked where he would like to be and what he would like to be doing ten years from now Giovanni said he would like still to be doing the same work and travelling. He said he was off to Cape Town the next day and we wished him all the best

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