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Mon, 30 Oct


Sheyla Bonnick Live Radio Show

As a teenager my closest friend was Maizie Williams whom I met whilst sitting in my front garden of my North West London home. She and another friend were walking past and I complimented them on their stunning looks and style, shortly after we all became great friends.

Sheyla Bonnick Live Radio Show
Sheyla Bonnick Live Radio Show

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30 Oct 2023, 20:00 GMT

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Learnt violin and piano at high school.  Discovered she could play several instruments just from instincts but not good enough to take seriously.  Many years later Sheyla and Maizie Williams answered an add in an English  stage magazine for dancers in Hannover germany. Turned out to be not what  they expected but soon afterwards Sheyla was heard singing and playing  piano by a good friend at whose house they were staying. . He was Donna  Summers close friend and god father of Donna’s daughter Mimi.  Karl walter swiftly arranged a meeting with a music manager after hearing  Sheyla play and sing. Sheyla decided to take Maizie and another friend along  for company.  Fast forward few months. Sheyla and maize got accepted into world famous  iconic group Boney m. Sheyla struggled to cope with certain aspects of the  Bands way of working and sadly left after about 9 months of promoting the  band with her then best friend Maizie and another guy called Mike and  Claudia Barry.  After leaving the band Sheyla was well sort after by various producers  songwriters etc one of who was Boney m’s co-producer Dietmar Kawohl to  name but a few so she stayed with the same record company, Hansa Records  and recorded few singles, one being a disco dance version of Proud Mary.  

She also joined a Tap dancing band called Mandrake who did many tv  appearances and entered the German charts. Frank Farian at one stage also  offered her a record contract but she politely declined.  Sheyla has few solo recordings under her belt although none made any huge  impact.  Years later she teamed up with and married Icelandic bass player, sound  engineer and producer Ingvar Areliusson (Arctic Fox) who owned Abbey  Sound Studios London. The famous Abbey road would send clientele to  Ingvar’s studio.  They both continued to write for and produce several acts attracting much  interest from influential music sectors.  Few years later Sheyla reunited with her former best friend Maizie and  convinced her to go out touring again. Maizie took up Sheylas offer and both  successfully toured for 9 years with a similar lineup like the original Boney m  but without Bobby and the other two, til clashes forced them apart again. 

After  numerous interest of agents Sheyla reluctantly agreed to form her own version  of BM which toured the world and still are successfully and with a plethora of  projects including writing her own books and designing outfits for herself and  band members Sheylas never bored. . She also paints, but most importantly  she and her hubby have recently released a new fusion reggae album called  JUSTIFY which features unknown and known guest musicians and vocalists  including Swedish guitarist and song writer Mats Bjorklund who played on all  Boney m hits. There’s also remixes soon to be enjoyed. After just few weeks  of release the new album Justify is creating an impressive buzz. Sheyla,  Ingvar and team have also had two other albums, Look Beyond and Angel  Cures released plus various singles. Most Sheylas music is about Motivation  and encouragement. .  Not to be forgotten is a single she recently recorded in Russian with a Soviet  Union Officer plus others which had good promotion on social media.  And of course her book writing talents must also not be ignored. She has  published one book called Women are like cats and men like dogs, aren’t  they? It has been out on all book platforms since few years. Another pending  publication called Mixed Emotions more or less about her Boney M  experience. She’s also contemplating penning her memoir at the suggestion  of a friend.

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