Were you there for this grooviest party as far as retro music is concerned? It
was a night that took the party-goers of the 70's down memory lane, and for the
rest it was a lesson in musical history.
Boney M has to be one of the coolest groups of the seventies. This group of four made a generation dance to its tunes. Though it disbanded due to various reasons, the impact of the simple yet rhythmic music lives on till today. And the night of 17th December 2000 will always be remembered by Hyderabad. It was when they came here!
The show started off in usual Hyderabad style - late. It kicked off with a performance by 'Fifth Dimension', a group from Calcutta that belted out number after number of techno and indipop. The band wasn't all that great, but the excellent sound and light system from Mumbai made it seem exceptional. With the crowd warmed up from the spirits available and some serious dancing, it was time for the stars of the evening to finally make their appearance.
And they definitely made their entrance in style, featuring the sole original member of the group Liz Mitchell and supporting members Carol Rose, Patricia and Tony Tony. The group was fresh and raring to go, in spite of having just arrived all the way from New York.
The magnetism, sense of humor and stage presence of Liz was infectious to say the least. Kicking off with a beautiful rendition of the famous hymn 'Amazing Grace', she went on to 'Sunny', and this set the ball rolling. Performing without the support of her band (the promoters couldn't manage to get the band due to technical problems) and singing along with recorded music, Liz still managed to capture the essential spirit of Boney M. After a tender and passionate tribute to Nelson Mandela and 'Redemption Song' by Bob Marley, Boney M continued on with hits 'Ma Baker', 'Daddy Cool', 'Brown Girl' and 'Rasputin'.
All said and done this was a night that will always be remembered. And for those who missed it, take heart - Liz loves Hyderabad and has promised to come back next year. Kudos to Boney M for giving us an entertaining evening. We all will be humming 'Brown Girl In The Ring, Tra-La-La' for quite some time.