Written by Chantel DaCosta

My Montserrat: Basil Chambers

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Basil Chambers is the host of the Breakfast Show on ZJB Radio. The Creator of the popular ‘What’s on your mind?’ segment is always ready to listen to what’s important to Montserratians. A proud father and cricket enthusiast, learn more about your favourite morning DJ.

Describe Montserrat in three words.

Best country ever.

Which area are you from?

Lees Village which is now in the unsafe zone.

What is your favourite traditional dish?

I love our national dish goat water. However, you can’t beat Montserrat’s homemade soup served in a calabash bowl. Delicious.

What is your favourite childhood memory?

Growing up in Lees village, being raised by my Grandmother, going to the river, and attending Lees Primary School I hold all of them as my fondest childhood memories.

What was your favourite subject in high school?

English.

How did you decide on a career?

I have always had a jovial personality and would deejay at the popular La Cave disco. And in time, I grew a following, which was unintentional, and eventually I became popular on the party scene.  I was given the opportunity by a person I think highly of, Rose Willock, to have an official radio stint at Radio Antilles, as a sports journalist. I worked alongside the legendary Keith ‘Stone’ Greaves and as they would say the rest is history.

Which local activist/personality do you admire the most, and why?

The Mighty Alphonsus ‘Arrow’ Cassell who was honoured as Montserrat’s third National Hero in March, 2016, he fits the bill. Arrow was my friend and I admired him.  I admired him for his love of people and for putting Montserrat on the world wide map, way before the volcano did.  Arrow was frank and the ultimate professional. He is a true Montserrat icon.

What major developments would you like to see happen in Montserrat in the next 20 years?

I would love for access to improve, access to and from Montserrat whether by sea or air.  My dream would be for the Liat Dash 8 to be able to land at our airport.  I would also love to see a new hospital been built that can accommodate the needs of Montserratians with facilities available that would eliminate the need for us to travel overseas for some tests.

With my ICT Project, I would like an independent radio station to be available on the island.

Where would you recommend as a ‘must go’ to a first time visitor to Montserrat?

A tour of our now deserted capital Plymouth is a must. I would also highly recommend a walking tour James ‘Scriber’ Daley. You will see our national bird, the Oriole, and national flower on you walk. Finally, no visit to Montserrat will be complete without having a sip of our delicious water at Runaway Ghaut. Legend has it, once you drink it you must return.

Where do you go to kick back and relax with family and friends?

Hanging at any local side road bar chatting with friends and family.

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