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Sheyla Bonnick

Sheyla Bonnick
Birth name Sheila Yvonne Bonnick
Origin England
Genres Dance-pop, dance, soul
Occupations Singer
Years active 1975–present
Associated acts www.bnmusic.info

Sheyla Bonnick is a singer and performer, born in Jamaica and brought up in England. She was a member of an early line-up of pop group Boney M. in 1975. Her name was previously spelled as Sheila Bonnick and Sheila Bonnique.

Biography

Sheyla and her friend Maizie Williams answered an advert in The Stage newspaper for a dance contract in Germany in the early 70s. One day in 1975, while at a restaurant, the two were approached by an agent Katja Wolfe, who asked if they were interested in fronting a group called Boney M. for lip-sync performances for television and discothek appearances for a single called "Baby Do You Wanna Bump" which was recorded by producer Frank Farian. The two accepted and went on the road with two other members called Claudja Barry and Mike.

Sheyla, left after a very short time and before Farian had the lineup he wanted. She has never been acknowledged by the record company nor Frank Farian as an original member. Sheyla was never part of the studio line up and has never appeared on any Boney M. recordings. One year later, in September 1976, Boney M. - still with her friend Maizie in the line-up - were on top of the charts everywhere with "Daddy Cool" and the group became one of the most successful pop acts of the 70s.

In 1977 Sheyla joined Munich disco project Mandrake for the recording of "It's Time For Us" "Dancing The Night Away" and "Disco Magic" [3]. In the early 90s, she moved to Denmark with her Icelandic husband and manager where she co-wrote a mini-musical called "Money Talks" staged for some months in the Lindenborg inn.

In 1993 when Boney M. were enjoying a revival with their compilation album Gold - 20 Super Hits, Sheyla appeared in a Danish magazine "Se & Hør", promising she'd soon publish her memoires about her time in the group: "There are gonna be a lot of revelations!" She had toured recently with original member Bobby Farrell as part of his Boney M. lineup. Although "she still loved the songs", that time of her life was now over.

It was, however, only one year later that Sheyla changed her mind and assisted Maizie Williams in starting another Boney M. lineup (the third of its kind alongside that of Bobby Farrell and lead singer [6]

She released the single "Live Better" with Latvian artist Rassell on May 20, 2013 [9]

On 16 June 2013 it was announced that Sheyla Bonnick is now patron of 'Second Chance Animal Rescue' which is situated in Swanley, Kent.

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