You probably know some classic and refreshing songs that provide a striking beat with crispy soul vocals and let beauty models swagger down the runway.
But have you ever watched or imagined how such songs are dished out live by a band?
During the Miss Malawi Southern Region edition last Friday in Blantyre, Mizu Band dished out a wonderful collection of live catwalk songs that aided models to a charming show on the runway.
At one point, the audience and the models were taken back into the hands of time when the band performed UB40’s Red Red Wine.
With some lyrics easy to remember, the audience sang along as models dazzled on the runway.
Band members demonstrated their knack on voice, drums, keyboards and guitars—and produced exact as original versions.
The band also dished out a Free Up Black People rendition by a popular Jamaican reggae/dancehall artist Busy Signal.
With mesmerising voice of Eunice Kadzuwa-Mhango on the leading vocals, Free Up Black People sent entire Njamba Room into frenzy as the audience took to the dancefloor and sang along.
Normally, beauty contests in the country use recorded music playing from CD players or computers when beauty queens are parading on the runway.
But in an effort to bring a difference to the rebranded Miss Malawi, the organisers—Nation Publications Limited (NPL) and Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS)—hired live music services of Mizu Band.
The band leader JJ said the live performance was strategic in engaging the audience and contestants lively.
“We needed an interactive assembly initiated by a live performance.
“You may agree with me that this was a viable strategy because it helped us to effectively engage with the audience as there were moments of replay,” said JJ.