What started as a bad business day for Rabecca Kawinga, a businessperson who sells groundnuts in the City of Zomba, ended on a happy note when she bumped into a live music show by Malawi Police Brass Band on Mother’s Day.
She said she arrived in town ignorant of what was in store for the day.
“All of a sudden, I heard the sound of music so together with my friend, we rushed there and found a large crowd of people dancing with others watching the band performing,” said Kawinga
The Police Brass Band was performing at the Zomba District Council treasury cashier’s carpark.
Kawinga said being a mother with no one to spoil her on Mother’s Day, she left her business with her friend and jumped onto the dance floor.
“I had no option, but to dance as music shows are expensive,” she said.
Another woman, Mariam Sulanje, who plies her trade in the same city, said she enjoyed the free Mother’s Day music treat.
She said with her passion for dancing, she could not resist the sound of the music and found herself on the dance floor.
“The show enabled us to make good sales because the offices when we sell our foodstuffs were all closed. However, the event provided us with customers,” she said.
Speaking on the sidelines of the show, Eastern Region Police Commissioner Happy Mkandawire said that with the blessing of Inspector General of Police George Kainja, they resolved to offer the surprise show to mothers in the city.
He said this was the first time for the men and women in uniform in the country to host such a show.
Police Brass Band’s national music director Pitt Mankhambira concurred with Mkandawire, saying women sacrifice a lot when raising children.
In a separate interview, Musician Union of Malawi Zomba Chapter chairperson Ndindi Marley expressed satisfaction with the show.
“The officers have set the ball rolling, we will follow suit,” he said.
Meanwhile, other musicians across the country held their shows in celebration of Mother’s Day.
Various gospel artists, including The Great Angels Choir, Wendy Harawa, Thocco Katimba, Ndirande Anglican Voices, and Anthony Makondetsa held their Mother’s Day concert at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi before a huge crowd.