Boney M.

Boney M. is pictured in a 2019 file photo as supplied by their publicist.

One of the best-known groups from the disco era, Boney M., will perform in concert Saturday, Dec. 7 at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Forever remembered for their 1978 euro-disco single “Rasputin,” the song recounts — somewhat inaccurately — the 1916 assassination of Russian monk Grigori Rasputin.

Although never officially released as a single in the U.S., it was a huge hit on dance floors and at roller rinks in Canada, reaching the Canadian top 10. It fared even better in the UK, where it reached No. 2 on the British charts. The song has remained a staple at weddings and dances ever since.

Founded in Germany in the late 1970s by producer Frank Farian, they had a string of other hits which included “Ma Barker” (about the mother believed to be the mastermind behind her son’s Chicago crime gang), “Rivers of Babylon,” “Sunny,” and “Daddy Cool.”

The group enjoyed tremendous success with its 1981 “Christmas Album,” which yielded a festive hit with “Mary’s Boy Child.” It also included a timeless version of “Little Drummer Boy.”

With the success of the holiday album, the Dec. 7 concert will feature a mix of Christmas music with their pop/disco standards.

The present line-up showcases Liz Mitchell, the original female lead vocalist. Bobby Farrell, the male vocalist who immortalized the line, “Oh, those Russians,” died in 2011, but the spirit of his music remains.

Opening on Dec. 7 is New York-based soul singer Morgan James. She was named “brightest breakout artist of the year” by the Huffington Post and her videos have accumulated more than 175 million views on social media.

Tickets will range in price from $35-$85, plus tax and applicable service charges and go on sale to the general public, Friday at 10 a.m. Tickets may be bought in person at the SOEC box office, by phone at 1-877-763-2849 or online at valleyfirsttix.com.

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