Last week I witnessed what might be some quite monumental piece of history unfold in front of my eyes at Womad festival last weekend! I don’t know how to word this but this band, had never played on a stage in their own town or even their own country and they had never left their own little village. So they played to roughly 15- 20,000 people and they left pretty much everyone stunned almost speechless!.
Ladies and Gentlemen I give you The Malawi Mouse Boys, a band who got their name because they try and scrape what ever money they can by catching and selling Mice on sticks because its the only meat that they can catch in the Barron waste lands of Malawi. They were discovered by one of the guys from Tinawirens management team and were instantly snapped up.
They are effectively a Malawian gospel group and what I like about this song is that it represents the pure joy of music. Sometimes we are guilty of over complicating music so it looks cool and becomes very self concious, where as The Malawi Mouse Boys are one of those groups that very much represent the pure beating heart of music,.
Watching this band did have a really over powering effect on me. For their 2nd show I was crying because it was hard not to feel moved, because they came out with more passion energy and joy then most bands can shake a stick at. Every no and again they act as perfect remind of the true power of music, because lest we forget its the most powerful language in the world.