Having sold over 25 million records worldwide, the popular Dutch Eurodance group Vengaboys, are all set to rock Goa. With popular hits like Shalala lala, To Brazil, We Like to Party, Boom Boom, Boom Boom, We are Going to Ibiza, their popularity had reached its pinnacle in the late 90s and early 2000s when those songs received considerable airplay and became popular as dance numbers and still remain so.The group was formed in the mid-nineties, 1996 to be precise, when two Dutch producers Wessel van Diepan and Dennis van den Driesschen popularly known as Dnski and Delmundo got together along with the ladies, Kim Sasabone, Denise Post-van Rijswijk and male vocalists Robin Pors and Donny Latupeirissa.
The producers used to organise beach parties and the name Vengaboys came up during one of the recording sessions. Couple of their songs Parade De Tettas and To Brazil became very popular on the dance circuit before they were incorporated in the Vengaboys debut album Up and Down.
In about a year, more members joined the group and the songs made their presence felt on the charts all around the world – We like to party hit No1 in Belgium and it made it to the Top 10 in Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Their second album titled The Party album, which had some original and earlier hits, became an even bigger success topping the charts in more than 25 countries right from Mexico to Thailand. We’re Going to Ibiza which was inspired by Typically Tropical’s song Barbados also hit No1 in many countries.
At that point in time, India was no different. Even though there were fewer FM Radio stations in the country, the song was played regularly in the English music slots and their songs also became a big rage in Goa. Songs like Kiss (when the sun don’t shine), Shalala lala, Uncle John from Jamaica were very often played on All India Radio’s FM Rainbow in Goa, sometimes even more than once a day!
In 2000 Robin Pors left the group and while the group continued to taste success for some time, some singles like Cheekah Bow Bow, (Cheekah was a computer animated sound) didn’t really set the charts ablaze. A year after that the group disbanded, leaving their fans begging for more.
The band regrouped in 2006 with several changes in the line-up though there was little original material that came up then. Over the years, they have been touring around the world performing their popular hits and added a few covers to their repertoire as well including the 1983 Arrow hit, Hot Hot Hot.
Last year, they released a Christmas album titled Xmas Party and before the football world cup, a remix of Brazil was also out. Earlier this year in January, in a unique event, a Vengaboys museum named Ellington Vengaboys museum was inaugurated in Ellington New York.
Vengaboys came in at a time when dance music started getting popular, and there are many people around the world and especially in Goa who have grown up listening to their tunes. When they perform in Goa on May 10, it will be a good opportunity to relive those moments.