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Bananarama relives the 80s with Mambo favourites

Published on Sep 22, 2012 10:29 PM
 English female pop band Bananarama, who have had success on the pop and dance charts since 1982, performs as one of the headlining pop and rock acts on Day 2 of the SingTel Singapore Grand Prix Formula One (F1) Concert 2012 held at the Padang Stage on Sep 22, 2012. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

At their best during a live show like the Formula One (F1), 1980s English pop act Bananarama reminded you of the scene in Julia Roberts' 1997 movie My Best Friend's Wedding where Rupert Everett lip-synced the song I Say A Little Prayer.

Sure, they sang instead of mimed their hits, but they were also having a good ol' campy time along with their fans.

Keren Woodward was the cheekier of the duo that remains of the trio from the 1980s. Impish at 51, she often flirted with their back-up dancers and even slapped partner Sarah Dallin's butt at one point.

Clearly, she was enjoying herself, the way Mambo Jambo devotees at Zouk would. There was no doubt perennial Mambo faves such as Venus, Love In The First Degree and I Heard A Rumour were Bananarama's most well received songs of their almost hour-long set.

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