How Boney M. came to rule (to this day!) the airwaves during Christmas

Boney M. is a vocal group from Germany.

The original four members of the group were Jamaican-born singers Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett, Maizie Williams from Montserrat and Bobby Farrell from Aruba.

The group was formed in 1976 and achieved popularity during the disco era of the late 1970s.

Rulers of the Christmas airwaves (and instore radio)

In 1978 Boney M. released "Mary's Boy Child - Oh My Lord".

It went to number one and became one of the UK’s top selling singles of all time.

"Mary's Boy Child - Oh My Lord" remains, to this day, an airplay favourite around the world during the Christmas holiday season.

In 1981 Boney M. released their sixth studio album entitled “Christmas Album”.

“Christmas Album” included many smash hits such as “Little Drummer Boy” and “Feliz Navidad” which, even today, dominate the airwaves during Christmas time.

Africa Melane (in for Pippa Hudson) interviewed music guru Sean Brokensha.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

In 1978 they were at their absolute peak.

Sean Brokensha

'Rasputin' was banned in Russia.

Sean Brokensha

Boney M. is unrelenting. They just don’t go away!

Sean Brokensha

The problem with Boney M.’s songs is that they are played to death!

Michelle from Kommetjie

Please stop already! Boney M. is so awful!

CapeTalk listener on the SMS line

Boney M. is more durable than Durex!

Sean Brokensha

Frank Farian - the creator of Boney M. – was also the mastermind and voice behind the lip-synching group Milli Vanilli.

Sean Brokensha

We take delight in the awful Christmas songs that come out.

Sean Brokensha

Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Help us find young Linathi Titshala, pleads missing persons group

Help us find young Linathi Titshala, pleads missing persons group

Missing persons organisation the Pink Ladies says search efforts are ongoing, but have not borne any fruit.

SA's Liesl Tommy gives us the scoop on directing Aretha Franklin biopic

SA's Liesl Tommy gives us the scoop on directing Aretha Franklin biopic

The Cape Town native is set to direct the biopic titled "Respect", which stars Dreamgirls actress and songstress Jennifer Hudson.

Is your home wildfire ready? Advice on how to make your home more fire resistant

Is your home wildfire ready? Advice on how to make your home more fire resistant

Destructive wildfires are predicted to increase in frequency and intensity in the Western Cape. How prepared are you?

Looking for something new to do in CT? Why not consider cycling across the ocean

Looking for something new to do in CT? Why not consider cycling across the ocean

Cape Town Water Bikes is an unusual way to experience the coastline of the South Peninsula. Hop on a water bike and pedal away!

Beware of fake vets putting Cape Town pets at risk

Beware of fake vets putting Cape Town pets at risk

A local animal clinic says many pets have sadly been euthanised after they were treated by fake veterinarians.

'Festive road deaths proof Parly must pull the plug on no-fault accident scheme'

'Festive road deaths proof Parly must pull the plug on no-fault accident scheme'

Attorney Kirstie Haslam says the proposed 'no-fault’ Rabs system rewards drunk drivers at the expense of genuine crash victims.

Popular articles
SundayTimes and former ANN7 journalist set the record straight on fake statement

SundayTimes and former ANN7 journalist set the record straight on fake statement

A message alleged to be from formerANN7 journalist Farida Joyce has been circulated on WhatsApp and social media.

Zimbabweans hope Mnangagwa's return from Russia will calm the troubled country

Zimbabweans hope Mnangagwa's return from Russia will calm the troubled country

President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to arrive in Zimbabwe on Monday at 9 PM after a week in Russia, says Zim journo.

Zondo Commission concerned witness affidavits leaked to media

Zondo Commission concerned witness affidavits leaked to media

The Commission spokesperson says Judge Raymond Zondo will be addressing the leaking of affidavits to the media on Tuesday.

No co-payments needed for procedures pre-booked in December - Discovery Health

No co-payments needed for procedures pre-booked in December - Discovery Health

A Discovery Health client was shocked when he was told he was liable for R5000 co-payment for a procedure. Discovery explains why.

City to help talented Cape sand sculptor get permit to continue beach artwork

City to help talented Cape sand sculptor get permit to continue beach artwork

Innocent Zungu is a young talented man who has been delighting beachgoers with his wonderful sand sculptures in Cape Town.