The Vengaboys are Kim, Denise, Yorick and Donny, a bubblegum eurodance group from the Netherlands, who are best known for their 1999 single "Boom Boom Boom Boom!!" Formed in 1992, the Vengaboys came to prominence in 1997, and were produced by Wessel van Diepen & Dennis van den Driesschen.
Vengaboys are well-known throughout the world, and throughout the 90s their music was played non-stop at parties and on the radio. Some of their most successful singles include "Uncle John from Jamaica", "We're Going to Ibiza", "Boom Boom Boom Boom" and "We Like to Party". They released two albums, "The Party Album!" (1998), and "The Platinum Album" (2000), as well as Greatest Hits compilations and "The Remix Album" (1999).
The current members of Vengaboys are: Kim Sasabone, Denise Post-Van Rijswijk, Yorick Bakker, and Donny Latupeirissa.
In 2010, Vengaboys announced that they are making an official comeback, with the release of their first single in 10 years "Rocket To Uranus." An accompanying music video was filmed featuring celebrity gossip guru Perez Hilton. In 2013, Vengaboys released their latest single "Hot Hot Hot" which showcases their new sound.
The Vengaboys were formed from DJ Danski and DJ Delmondo, Dutch, who toured Spain and Ibiza in a bus between 1992 and 1997, bringing "provocative grooves and sexy lyrics" to beaches for impromptu and illegal dance and beach parties. During 1995-96, four dancers/singers (Roy, Denice, Kim and Robin) - who had been regular guests at the beach parties - were added and the enlarged troupe toured beaches throughout Europe. Initially the new foursome worked as dancers to 'spice up' the DJ sets.
The act's first single "Up & Down" was released in March 1997 in selected countries (Germany, France, Italy, Scandinavia and Israel), becoming a huge success in Europe (e.g. making the top 5 in The Netherlands, Denmark, France and Spain), before making its way over to America. The UK really caught the 'Venga bug', with combined sales of the act's first 4 singles - "Boom Boom Boom Boom" (reached #1); "We're Going To Ibiza" (#1); "Up & Down" (#3) and "We Like To Party" making nearly 2 Million. "We Like to Party!" is used in a Six Flags ad campaign featuring an old man dancing to the tune and picking up passengers. With global sales of over 10 Million singles, and 5 Million copies of their first album, Vengaboys have proved to be the most commercially successful Dutch group in history.
One of the band's particularity was that they were always wearing a special outfit. The front lady Kim Sasabone (April 1st 1974 from Salvador) always appeared wearing a sexy camouflage outfit. Roy Olivero-Den Burger (aka Roy Darman, born 31 July 1975, coming from Trinidad), then later his replacement Donny Latupeirissa, were dressed as a cowboy. Denise Van Rijswijk (born October 20th 1978, dancer from the Netherlands) wore a disco outfit. Robin Pors (born January 1st 1978) then Yorick Bakker (born July 10th 1976) played the role of a sailor.
Members (Past & Present)
Below is a list of members of the Vengaboys, past and present.
- Kim Sasabone (1997-Present)
- Denise Post-Van Rijswijk (1997-Present)
- Yorick Bakker (Sailor outfit) (1999-Present)
- Donny Latupeirissa (2007-Present)
- Robin Pors (Sailor outfit) (1997-1999)
- Mojarra Liallemann (founder and still alive)
- Roy Darman (Cowboy outfit) (1997-2004)
- Winand Slingenberg (Bee outfit) (1997-Present)
- Mark (2002-2004)
- Lilly (2002-2004)
- Travis McQueen (2000-2001)
- Wessel van Diepen ("Delmundo"), producer (1997-2004)
- Dennis van den Driesschen ("Danski"), producer (1997-2004)
- Cheekah (the character from the song "Cheeka-Bow-Bow (That Computer Song)")
Never critically acclaimed, the group continued making records that were distinctly eurodance (the music video of "Kiss" even features one of the dancers from ParaParaAllstars performing a Para Para dance), following in the footsteps of previous Dutch-Dance sensations 2 Unlimited. The ploy worked and by the beginning of the year 2000, the group had achieved four top 10 entries, including two number-one hits ("Boom Boom Boom Boom" and "We're Going to Ibiza").
The group's success continued throughout the beginning of the 21st century, with the "The Platinum Album " (their second album release) selling over 1,000,000 copies, spawning three big hits "Kiss (When the Sun...)", "Shala Lala" and "Uncle John From Jamaica") and two lesser-known tracks , "Cheekah Bow-Bow," which included their fifth cyber-member Cheekah, and the ballad "Forever As One," which gained more notoriety for its video, which was banned after the group used unlicensed pictures of them meeting pop group Westlife. By mid-2001, after nearly ten top 10 hits, the group partly disbanded and went back to working on the club scene.
Like in Spanish, the V is pronounced with a soft B sound, as such - "Bengaboys". A guest-singer from Spain, for the producer's previous project Nakatomi, kept repeatedly singing "venga" in their songs, which means "come" in Spanish. This led to the name 'Vengaboys' as their following project. So yes, Vengaboys actually means "Comeboys."
Vengaboys has a number of aliases on the music scene, many of which are experiments set up by the producers. They include:
- Nakatomi (set up before the Vengaboys)
- Danski & DJ Delmundo
In 2007 the Vengaboys returned to the club scene, performing at a number of clubs around Europe. They have most recently been touring university student union clubs in the UK. It has been rumoured that they will be releasing a new single called "Partylife" later on in 2008, but this has not been officially confirmed.