The four members of the ’80s hit band, Boney M, have long split, but Liz Mitchell, the group’s lead singer continues to entertain audiences as Boney M featuring Liz Mitchell.
In town recently to perform at the silver jubilee reunion of 1981 batch of Lawrence School, Sanawar, Liz’s presence was an absolute delight for the generation which has grown up listening to Daddy Cool and Ma Baker.
Born in Jamaica, Liz sang with Les Humphries Singers before Boney M happened to her. On a nostalgic note, Liz says, the only male member of Boney M, Bobby Farrell, was a part of the group by virtue of his dancing skills and not vocals. Quite a revelation, must say.
Delving deeper into the background of the group, she says, “It is true that Boney M was a group put together by a German producer, Frank Farian. But it is not true that all of us were mimics. Farian was just a great producer but the music was always ours. We were victims of propaganda and subjected to a lot of disrespect, I wanted to change that and I managed to that too.”
Ruing over the fact that even today music is struggling, she adds, “There is so much restlessness and chaos in the society, and that’s what music depicts. The melody is missing.”
Liz who has come to India before, says it is the charm of the country which beckons her. “I have no words to describe the beauty of the country. The colours, the food and the people, they are all so wonderful.” But she had a word of caution as well, “Gorge on anything and everything, but just be careful with water. If that’s taken care of, you won’t have to suffer Delhi’s belly.”
Fairly impressed with the success of Indian music internationally, Liz says, “A lot of Indian musicians settled abroad are fusing Indian music with reggae which I find very impressive.” And what next? Liz says that her music will now mostly be channelled towards spirituality. Any plans to enter Bollywood? “I would love to be part of Bollywood. Everyone from the US to UK is crazy about Bollywood. I see it and Indian music reaching even greater heights in the days to come.” Amen!