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Boney M Christmas Special


Lefra Production Presents

Date                Friday, 16 December – Sun City
                        Saturday, 17 December – Carnival City
                        Tuesday, 20 December – GrandWest
Time                20h00
Duration          2h30
Cost                 Ranges from R150 to R520
Tickets             Computicket

For generations of people around the world, it just isn’t Christmas until Boney M has sung.  Now, their South African fans can see them perform live on Friday, 16 December at the Sun City Superbowl, on Saturday 17 December at the Carnival City Big Top Arena in Brakpan and on Tuesday, 20 December at the GrandWest Grand Arena in Cape Town.

The band, which has covered a number of genres over the years from reggae to disco, R&B and pop rock, was first formed in 1975, although it was the release of their first number one song, disco anthem Daddy Cool in 1976 which catapulted them to fame.

And the hits kept coming. Rivers of Babylon, with lyrics based partly on Psalms 137 and 19, achieved UK sales of just under 2-million copies.  Today the song is ranked as the fifth all-time best selling single in the UK.  This success was quickly followed by Rasputin and Ma Baker.

But of all their hits, it’s possibly their Christmas Album and their calypso inspired version of Mary’s Boy Child which is most loved by fans. The track, previously a 1956 hit for Harry Belafonte, sold almost 1.8-million copies for Boney M in the UK, achieving sales of over 1.6-million in the four weeks of December 1978 when it was ranked number one.

Although the band was based in Germany, lead singer Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett originally hailed from Jamaica, Bobby Farrell from Aruba and Maizie Williams from Montserrat. Despite breaking up in 1986, German record producer and band founder, Frank Farian, continued to remix, remodel and reissue their songs throughout the 1990s and 2000.  Liz Mitchell remains the band’s lead singer and will perform in the South African shows.

The 2h30 show starts at 20h30.  Tickets are available from Computicket between R150 and R520 at Sun City and between R200 and R520 at Carnival City and GrandWest.

For more information please contact Jeni Fletcher on jeni@corporateimage.co.za