Young love is a wonderful thing! Meet Milandu and Catherine Silwebbe (above), newly weds and very much in love! Milandu and Catherine were Guests on the most recent edition of the Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient featuring George Soulchild, that’s our weekly Sunday night radio show airing every Sunday night at 20.30 hrs CAT on Zambezi 107.7 fm, Livingstone’s superb local radio station! Milandu and Catherine told listeners they had married on 13th July 2013, exactly five years to the day from the day they’d met, and that thirteen was a lucky number for them. Catherine is an American hailing from near Boulder, Colorado while Milandu is a Zambian of the Tonga tribe! These guys had met in 2008 when Catherine was in Zambia as a volunteer with an NGO – ‘Student Partnership Worldwide’. They had been introduce by a mutual friend, Shyman Shaizo, upcoming Zambian musician and recent Guest on our show.
Our Guests told us that they had recently opened a new business in Livingstone known as Boza Ulye Food and Unwe Cold Beers! The joint was situated in a lovely garden area opposite the Falls Park Shopping Centre and had opened just a week before we went on air. They told listeners that the first week’s business had been tough. The restaurant/bar was specializing in affordable Zambian dishes and the couple were aiming at attracting the local market. Boze Ulye means ‘work to eat’. Milandu has previously run a local restaurant in another part of Livingstone. This engaging couple went on to tell us that they had also established ‘Rise N’ Rise Entertainment’ which they hoped would help to promote creative industry in Livingstone. Catherine also hoped to use her art degree to start giving painting lessons while Milandu is very interested in promoting local musicians.
The music on the show was good. We opened with hits from Ben Pearce and Jason Derulo. George ‘Kaufela’, who had already stunned our audience with the breaking news that that very afternoon he had done the bungee jump and had the pictures to prove it, played his latest track ‘Enter’ for the first time on air on the show. He also played a track by Slap Dee ft Tommy Dee. Milli Jam (who had not been bungee jumping that afternoon) played tracks from Sara Bareilles and Nyanda. Our oldie of the week was Jay Z’s ‘Forever Young’ and the prize we give to the first person to text us the name of the artist was quickly snapped up. Milandu also gave a prize of a meal for two at Boza Ulye to the runner up, and that rocked too!
Catherine and Milandu said they differed over English football as Milandu supports Manchester United while Catherine supports Chelsea. Milandu felt that Catherine should change teams now that they were married and he was the head of the house….Catherine did not feel that way! They said they both loved music especially Kalindula and Hip-Hop. At weekends at their place they would be holding bries and providing musical entertainment for their Guests. Amongst their favourite local artists were Macky 2 and Chefy.
Asked where they would like to be and what they would like to be doing ten years’ from now, Catherine wanted to own a house with a swimming pool, Milandu wanted to have children and hoped to have changed things in the art and music industries in Zambia.
We wished them all the best.