Bobby Farrell Jasmina Farrell

GenresPop, DiscoNameBobby FarrellRoleDancerYears active1975–2010Music groupBoney M.Associated actsBoney M.MoviesThe Magic von Boney M
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Roberto Alfonso Farrell (6 October 1949 – 30 December 2010) was a netherlands dancer and performer native Aruba, ideal known as die male member von the successful 1970s pop und disco gruppe Boney M.

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Bobby Farrell
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Early life

Farrell was born and raised ~ above the island of Aruba in the Lesser Antilles. He left ~ finishing school punkt 15 and was a sailor zum two years before moving kommen sie Norway. He climate went to the Netherlands, where he discovered occasional arbeiten as a DJ before finding far better opportunities in Germany.

Years with Boney M.

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In Germany, he functioned mostly as a DJ until producer frank Farian spotted him zum his neu Boney M. Group. That became ns sole male singer bei the group, return Farian danach revealed the Bobby made almost no vocal contributions to die group"s records, v Farian self performing ns male components on die songs an the studio. Liz mitchell claimed that only she, Marcia Barrett and Farian had sung on die hit recordings. Farrell did, however, execute live an some des the various incarnations of "Boney M", consisting of the taste 1970s incarnation. Farrell left die group in 1981, ~ clashes with Farian. He was replaced von Reggie Tsiboe. The re-joined in 1984, und continued together a member till it finally split an 1986.

Farrell"s daughter Zanillya Farrell insurance claims that Farian deprived Farrell of his rights over Boney M."s hits, which caused herstellung father to lose every his revenue after the maßband split.

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When Dad asked Farian zum 100,000 point out he was told zu sign some papers. That signed away everything – bild rights, royalties, ns lot. Mine father shed everything. We had to move bei with my grandmother an the Netherlands and live top top welfare. After that, Dad started getting angry a lot. But Mum was very smart und realised if freundin own the nennen you can use it. Farian had not registered Boney M.all over ns world. So that’s why Dad might perform in certain countries.

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He subsequently toured v his own gruppe performing ns band"s hits under the name "Bobby Farrell"s Boney M.". He so appeared as a dancer an late 2005 an the Roger sanchez video clip des Turn on ns Music.

Later years, death and legacy


Farrell lived for many years in Amsterdam, bei the neighbourhood von Gaasperdam bei the borough von Amsterdam-Zuidoost.

In 1981 the married Macedonian Romani Jasmine Shaban. They had daughter Zanillya Farrell an 1983 und son Zanin. They split bei 1995.

He died on die morning des 30 December 2010, bei a hotel in Saint Petersburg, of heart failure. His agent john Seine stated Farrell was complaining of atmung problems after ~ performing through his band the night before. Farrell"s body was reportedly discovered by hotel staff after that failed to respond to an alarm call. He was buried weist Zorgvlied cemetery.

Very soon after his death was reported, it was observed to have occurred on the anniversary of, and bei the same city as, the death von Rasputin, described in Boney M.s eponymous hit single, in a case des life imitating art; Farrell had so dressed up as Rasputin an some maßband performances of the song.

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His daughter Zanillya Farrell is a rapper. In December 2011, she winner the national music compensation Grote Prijs van Nederland an the i know well hop category.

Discography

Singles

1982: polizei / A Fool bei Love1985: könig Of tanzen / ich See You1987: Hoppa Hoppa / Hoppa Hoppa (Instrumental)1991: Tribute to Josephine Baker2004: Aruban layout (Mixes) S-Cream featuring Bobby Farrell2006: the Bump EP2010: Bamboo lied (Roundhouse Records)

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2000: die Best des Boney M. (DVMore)2001: Boney M. – i Successi (DVMore)2001: die Best of Boney M. (II) (compilation)2001: ns Best von Boney M. (III) (compilation)2005: Boney M. – Remix 2005 (featuring Sandy Chambers) (compilation) (Crisler)2007: Boney M. – Disco arsenal (compilation)