It was like stepping back in time, with gold sequinned gowns, a disco ball and plenty of hair when Boney M took to the stage at a packed Revesby Workers Club.
Not content with playing to a backing track, they brought an entire backing band for support, that delivered a great sound and a huge night of uplifting entertainment.
From the opening song "Sunny", there was movement and smiles aplenty as Maize Williams and her group consisting of Gee Morris-Osborne, Samantha Scott and Kelly Rahman showed off the great range in their voices. It wasn't long before the seated crowed were up on their feet and dancing in front of the stage, with young and old enjoying the show, some wearing wigs and 70's attire.
Although Maizie Williams is the only original member left in Boney M, it didn’t matter as the other members all brought the energy of the originals plus more to the show. They were not afraid to interact with the crowd, often asking the audience to participate by singing into the microphone, a request that was enthusiastically fulfilled!
Everything was done at a cracking pace and it was literally hit after hit from that early Disco era like, "Daddy Cool", "Hooray! Hooray! It's a Holi-Holiday" and "Ma Baker". The audience was well and truly in party mode and I was quite surprised that so many people still remember the words to all the songs, proving just how popular and unforgettable Boney M's music has been through the years.
But not everything was sung this way and for a change of pace, we enjoyed softer, more gentle songs like the beautiful “Malaika”, which is a song about a South African Angel, sung in the acapella style and this was followed by “No woman, No Cry”.
At this point, the ladies went to change into different gowns, and we were introduced to the band by the male vocalist - the very talented, Kelly Rahman, who's cool, sauve looks and Michael Jackson-like dance moves, sent the women at the front of the stage into a frenzy. They even took time to sing "Happy Birthday" to a relative of Williams' and a member of the touring party, which then led straight into "Brown Girl in the Ring” and finishing the main set off with the ever popular “Rasputin”.
As the band left the stage, the punters went nuts, demanding more and Boney M returned with their massive hit and crowd favourite “River of Babylon” and concluding with "Gotta Go Home".
Despite the years that have passed since Boney M were a major headline act, they were brilliant and if you closed your eyes, you wouldn’t know what year you were in……the 70’s, perhaps? They sounded that good and I can't wait to see them again!
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by Paul Bartle