The Joost Vranken Experience!

Joost Vranken

Meet Joost Vranken (above) from Ghent in Belgium, 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 on Zambezi 94.1 fm, Livingstone’s leading local radio station. The show airs every Sunday evening live from 20.30 – 21.30 hrs.

Joost told listeners that he was in Zambia on holiday and was spending a week or so in Livingstone at Chanters Lodge. He was comfortable at the lodge describing the operation as quiet, homely and friendly. He’s an administrator back in Ghent working for De Lijn, a big Belgian transport company. Joost went on to tell us that he had first come to Zambia in 1991 as a history teacher at Kawambwa Boys Technical Secondary School. In those days national service was still compulsory in Belgium but he was able to come to Zambia to work, as an option to serving in the military.

On completion of his national service he had taught for a number of years at Nkrumah Teachers Training College in Kabwe. He holds a degree in African History and Languages from Ghent University in Belgium. He set up a business in Zambia but left to return to his home country in 2007. Asked about the difference between Zambia and Belgium he said ‘the people, the space and the light’. He clearly misses Zambia!

The music on the show was nice featuring tracks from Lost Frequencies (a Belgian artist), Calvin Harris, Chvrches, Demi Levato, Jay Rox, Big Sean ft Jhene Aiko, T-Sean ft JK and Sean Paul. There were a lot of Seans in there! Music wise Joost is into jazz and stars like Van Morrison.

Joost said he and the friend with whom he had travelled had very much enjoyed the white water rafting on the Zambezi during their stay but not the climb out of the gorge. His friend had bungee jumped while he looked on in shock and horror!

On the sports scene he is into squash and was very much involved in the administration of the sport in Zambia when he was based in Kabwe, even accompanying the national under 21 team to the All Africa Games in Botswana. He supports his local team in Ghent in the Belgian league and in England Arsenal. We were happy about that!

Asked where he would like to be and what he would like to be doing in ten years time, our guest said it was a big question but that he would like to be healthy, happy and if possible involved with business in Zambia. In this regard he talked of Zambian honey. ‘A Zambian honey?’ I wondered (Joost is single). “No” the reply “the Zambian honey industry”. “Ah!” I said.


Howard University Zambian Experience

Annabelle Dorion & Juliette Fombi

Meet Annabelle Dorion (above left) and Juliette Fombi, students at Howard University in Washington DC, USA, and guests 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 airing on Zambezi 94.1 fm, Livingstone’s leading local radio station, from 20.30-21.30 hrs every Sunday night sponsored by Chanters Lodge and is a lively mixture of latest international and Zambian pop music interspersed with chat with our guest-of-the-week. We also give listeners social media and pop chart updates.

Annabelle and Juliette told listeners they had been in Livingstone for the past three weeks on internships at Livingstone General Hospital. They are third and fourth year students at Howard studying pharmacy, and their work at the hospital had been based at the HIV/Aids section dispensing medication and offering counseling to patients. They had been accommodated at Chanters Lodge throughout their stay in Livingstone and had been happy at the lodge, it had been comfortable and convenient, they said. The girls actually seemed sorry they would be leaving for home in America in a few days’ time. The work had been an eye opener and they had made friends.

The music on the show was latest and varied featuring tracks from Fuse ODG, David Zowie, Years and Years, Chefy 187, Natalie la Rose ft Fetty Wap, Salma Sky, Olly Murs and ‘Yoga’ by Janelle Monae ft Jinneda. Our pick of the week was by Jake Miller and the closing track from Little Mix

Milli Jam wanted to know if the girls had had time to undertake any of the many tourist activities available in Livingstone and the girls bemoaned just how expensive most of the activities were for students on a budget. However they had enjoyed seeing Victoria Falls and on Annabelle’s birthday the previous weekend they had taken the sunset cruise on the Zambezi which they had thoroughly enjoyed. “No bungee jump?” I wondered. They laughed and said they’d been scared to do that. They had though, enjoyed some leisure time at the various pubs and clubs in Livingstone. They told us they were both single and had ‘no time for boyfriends’. We wondered about this….

Annabelle’s roots are in Philippines and Juliette’s in Cameroon. Living in Washington had they met President Obama? – Annabelle had! We were impressed. Both girls said they loved all types of music and had no real favourite though Juliette loves Nigerian tracks. Annabelle supports Arsenal in England which made Milli Jam happy and both girls were delighted that USA had recently won the Women’s Football World Cup.

Asked where they would like to be and what they would like to be doing in ten years’ time, both girls said they would like to be fully qualified pharmacists, working, married and with families. We thanked them for coming on our show and wished them a nice few days in South Africa when they left Zambia and a safe journey home to Washington DC later in the month.


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 Zambia Air Force Experience!

Cephas Mudaala

Meet Captain Cephas Mudaala (above) of the Zambia Air Force and guest of the week on the most recent edition of the Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient featuring Jay Hillz. The Experience is our weekly radio show airing at 20.30 hrs CAT for an hour live every Sunday night on Zambezi 94.1 fm, Livingstone’s leading local radio station. The show is a great mix of local and international pop music and conversation with our guest. We also give social media and pop chart updates, each and every week.

Cephas told listeners that although he is based in Lusaka, he was currently in Livingstone for a month on training. After completing secondary school at St Raphael’s School in Livingstone Cephas had joined Fairmount Hotel as an accounts clerk, then Sun International in the same capacity. He had joined Zambia Air Force some twelve years ago. Working his way up he had obtained the rank of Captain, was a trained pilot and now an instructor of pilots! He flies the MA60 – a Chinese aircraft. “So you sing the R Kelly song “I Believe I Can Fly”? I enquired. “R Kelly – one of my favourite artists” the dead pan reply!

The music on our show was good. We played tracks from Fuse ODG, Walk The Moon, Zedd ft Selena Gomez, Olly Murs, Rixton, Afunika, Kevin McCall, Iggy Azalea ft Jennifer Hudson and Jaguar ft 2 Kind – the latter one of Zambia’s latest hot acts!

Cephas told us that he is married and that his wife is also in the Zambia Air Force – a lieutenant by rank, though apparently in command in the home! “Was it love at first sight?” Milli Jam wondered. “Funny that!” Remarked Cephas “when we met, the first thing I said to her was ‘we will marry’ and she had laughed, but I had the last laugh!” He and his wife have a two year old little boy Luyando. ‘Love’ it means! “Naughty?” I wondered. “Very!” The reply.

Having been brought up in Livingstone Cephas said he was very familiar with the many tourist activities in Livingstone and although he had never bungee jumped he had almost’ done it and ‘would love to do it’. He had also never jumped out of a plane – we guessed that he flies planes so that others can! He and his wife had recently though had a great time at Mukuni Big 5 riding elephants and walking with lions.

It transpired that our Guest supports Manchester United, claiming that he was ‘forced into it’ by his elder brother. Just imagine! We then spent some time discussing Arsenal players and Jack Wilshere’s two goals for England in an international that afternoon. When not flying planes, teaching others to fly or looking after Luyando, Cephas enjoys sleeping and listening to music.

Asked where he would like to be and what he would like to be doing ten years’ from now, Cephas said he would like to be a General in charge of Zambia Air Force.
“Yes Sir!” We said……


The Chosen One Rocks ‘The Experience’

James Silavwe


James Silavwe (above) also known as ‘The Chosen One’ is, according to Milli Jam who knows about these things, the best club DJ in Livingstone and amongst the best in Zambia. “What makes you say so?” I wondered. “He has great mixing skills, a good choice in tracks and he really knows how to keep the dance floor heaving and buzzing”! Was the reply. “If he’s based in Livingstone, how come you say he’s amongst the best in the whole country?” James explained that he has become known across the country as he works for Eastpoint, and the company has clubs in Lusaka, Chipata and on the Copperbelt. The DJ’s are from time to time sent on temporary transfers to sister clubs, hence James has become known and popular throughout the land!

This whole conversation took place on the most recent edition of the Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient featuring Jay Hillz when James was our Guest and ‘the chosen one’ on the night! Our show airs every Sunday night on Zambezi fm for an hour live and is popular throughout the local community. “How did you get the name ‘The Chosen One’?” Jay asked our guest who explained that when he first started as a DJ some six years’ ago, his colleagues felt that he needed a handle to his name and his friend Obi had suggested ‘The Chosen One’. The name had stuck. James told listeners that before being employed at Eastpoint he had been trained at Club Fairmount in Livingstone by Milli Jam amongst others. He described Milli as his inspiration.

The music on our show was great with tracks from Natalie la Rose featuring Jeremih, DJ SKT ft Rae, Lawson, John Newman, Gogo ft DJ Cleo, Simwala ft F Jay, Numani Ona and Disclosure.

James told us that he had been brought up in Livingstone but had for a while been educated at Kitwe Boys School before transferring to Hill Crest Technical Secondary School in Livingstone. He is still single although ‘spoken for’, he has no children as yet. He attributes his success in his field to the care he takes in pre-selecting and preparing his tracks for each and every show.

The Chosen One told us that he supports Manchester United – that was enough for Milli Jam to almost avoid asking him anything about football – it would have been different if he had said Arsenal. Changing the subject, had he ever bungee jumped we wondered? He had not – though said he would like to. That’s what they all say….

Asked where he would like to be and what he would like to be doing ten years’ from now our guest told us that he would like to own and be managing his own club and to be married with children.


The Nchimunya Experience

Nchimunya Chikosola


Meet Nchimunya Chikosola (above), a worker in production at the studios of Zambezi fm, Livingstone’s leading local radio station and hosts of our weekly radio show, the Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient featuring Jay Hillz. The show airs every Sunday night from 20.30-21.30 hrs CAT and is a great mixture of the latest Zambian and international pop hits, and chat with our guest of the week. Nchimunya was the guest on the most recent edition of our show.

Nchimunya told listeners that he had been employed at Zambezi fm (starting as an intern) some eighteen months ago. During that time he had garnered experience not only in production but in marketing and as a presenter as well. Currently he was a driver too! He had been educated locally at St Raphael’s Secondary School. He had spent some time working for Safari Par Excellence in video production and had realised that this was work he loved.

In 2010 his mother had retired from employment with Zamtel and upon receiving her benefits had sponsored our guest to undertake a degree course at the University of Namibia in Windhoek from 2010-2013. He had read Media Studies and Sociology and had loved his time at University, making a lot of friends. Radio featured as part of his course. He told us that studying at university in Namibia was preferable to Zambia as there were ‘no closures that side’. We told him he was very lucky to have such a loving mum, willing to blow her benefits on his further education!

The music on this show was good with latest tracks from Jason Derulo, Martin Garrix ft Usher, DJ Target, Bobby East (controversial Zambian artist), Nicky Minaj and DJ Mish’s ‘Yappata’. Meaning? Unclear.

Nchimunya said that his own personal taste in music was hip hop but that working on radio he had very much widened his listening range and this had increased his interest in Gospel, House, Rap and other genres. He told us he did not really follow one UK football club but tended to ‘go with the flow’. We seriously advised him that on this day this made him a Gunner as Arsenal were celebrating their second FA Cup victory in succession and twelfth in all time! They were in fact ‘the flow’!

Still single and without children, Nchimunya can be found on both Facebook and Twitter. Asked where he would like to be and what he would like to be doing in ten years’ time, our guest told us that he would like to be married with little ones, own a production company and have investment in a radio station.

We wished him the best of luck.


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

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