Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation, KIMS, and Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation are jointly organizing a Pink Ribbon Nite by Boney M. It is a special fund raising concert featuring the all time favourite Boney M. tonight. The event starts at 7 pm, and is held at Hyderabad International Convention Center (HICC).
Boney M. is a German pop and disco group created by West German record producer Frank Farian. The four original members of the group's official lineup were Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett (Jamaica), Maizie Williams (Montserrat), and Bobby Farrell (Aruba). At the end of the 1970s Boney M. was the most famous and well-known pop group from Germany.
In 1975, Marcia Barrett was asked to join the group Boney M. which by then was merely a group of models and dancers to do discotheque and TV performances of a song recorded by producer Frank Farian, called "Baby Do You Wanna Bump". Always wanting to be a solo singer, she only reluctantly joined. Although Boney M. counted four members, only Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett were in the studio when Boney M.'s records were recorded. Producer Frank Farian (and from 1982-85 also new male member Reggie Tsiboe) provided the male vocals. While Liz Mitchell is generally considered the lead singer of Boney M. due to an overall larger number of lead vocals, Marcia Barrett sang on all of the group's hits and also shared the lead vocals with Mitchell on such hits as "Ma Baker", "Rasputin" and "Gotta Go Home". She was also featured as a lead singer on a couple of tracks on each of the group's studio albums up to Christmas Album (1981).
Bobby Farrell was the sole male singer in the group, although Farian later revealed that Bobby made little, if any, vocal contributions to the group's records, with Farian himself performing the male parts on the songs. Farrell did, however, perform live.
A phone call from a fellow Jamaican, Marcia Barrett persuaded Liz to come back to Germany to join the group Boney M. for TV and discotheque performances of the song "Baby Do You Wanna Bump" - Boney M. soon became a real recording group with Mitchell, Barrett and producer Frank Farian as the vocal core. Liz Mitchell, however, became the most featured lead singer of the three. Frank Farian later even stated that "All members could be replaced, except Liz". Although Boney M was largely Frank Farian's vehicle for his own songwriting, Mitchell is credited as co-composer of the Boney M. song, "African Moon", which appeared on their album, Boonoonoonoos (1981).
Both Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett were singers and would participate in the group's recordings together with producer Frank Farian doing the deep male voice, and the threesome did the follow-up single "Daddy Cool" which soon became a worldwide hit and launched the group's phenomenal career with several hit singles and albums over the next decade. It is stated on Maizie's official site that "it's no secret that although she sang in the studio Maizie's less dominant voice appears to have been mostly excluded from many of the recordings, with the exception of some backing vocals, for reasons only the producer knew at the time" - however, Liz Mitchell, Marcia Barrett and Frank Farian have all stated in interviews over the years that Maizie didn't sing.
The entry to the event is through donor passes that are available at KIMS Breast Center, Walden, Music World, Cafe Coffe Day & Kalakriti Arrt Gallery. The VIP passes are priced at Rs. 2,000 (includes cocktails & dinner), and regular donor passes at Rs. 1,000.
Novotel is the hospitality sponsor. FICCI and Bottles & Chimney are the associate sponsors. Kingfisher is the official beverage sponsor, while Radio Mirchi is the radio partner, supported by Music World and Cafe Coffee Day.
Please contact Rama Rao at 2332-7899, Sai Kiran at 98498-52112, Rajani at 94901-15467, Rtn Samba Siva Rao at 98490-33150 and FICCI Ladies Organisation at 2339-5275 for further details.