Banaroo

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Banaroo
Banaroo logo.gif
Banaroo Logo
Background information
Origin Stuttgard, Germany
Hamburg, Germany
Monster, Netherlands
Saint-Nicolas, Belgium
Genres Pop, bubblegum pop, Eurodance, dance-pop
Years active 2005–2008; 2013
Labels Universal Music
Associated acts Ch!pz
Website www.banaroo.de
Past members Robbert "Bobby" Dessauvagie (2005–2008)
Stefanie "Steffy" Dreyer (2005–2008)
Kathrin "Cat“ Geißler (2005–2008)
Vittorio "Vito" Magro (2005–2008)
Doro Farkas (2013)
Alvin Philipps (2013)
Laura Luppino (2013)
Daniel Langer (2013)

Banaroo is a German pop group. They had several successful singles in countries including Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The first line-up consisted of Robbert "Bobby" Dessauvagie, Vittorio "Vito" Magro, Stefanie "Steffy" Dreyer and Kathrin "Cat“ Geißler and were active from 2005 until they disbanded in 2008. In 2013, the group was relaunched with new members Doro Farkas, Laura Luppino, Alvin Philipps and Daniel Langer. The second line-up disbanded on November 6th, 2013 due to Doro and Alvin leaving the group. It is unknown if Banaroo will return in the future.

2005[edit]

Banaroo's World[edit]

Banaroo released their debut single "Dubi Dam Dam" on June 5, 2005. The single achieved huge success. It charted in four countries, three of which it charted in the top five. It peaked at number two in both Germany and Austria.

In July 2005, Banaroo released their debut album Banaroo's World. The album charted at number one in both Germany and Austria. It also charted at number seven in the Swiss charts. It was certified platinum in Germany, and certified Gold in both Austria and Switzerland.

Banaroo's second single from the album, "Space Cowboy", was released across Europe in August 2005. Not as successful as "Dubi Dam Dam", it still however charted at number five in Germany and in the top twenty in Austria and Switzerland.

Christmas World[edit]

Banaroo returned on November 11, 2005 with their third single, "Coming Home For Christmas". It failed to do as well as previous singles, however it still made the top ten in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

In December 2005, Banaroo released their second album, Christmas World. The album, despite its name, did not include just Christmas songs. The album debuted at #12 on the German charts on December 9, 2005.

2006[edit]

Amazing[edit]

In February 2006, Banaroo returned with their fourth single "Uh Mamma". It charted in the top ten in Germany and Austria. In Switzerland it reached #11.

They released their third album Amazing on March 24, 2006. It charted at #2 in Austria and was certified Gold. It charted at #6 in Germany and #25 in Switzerland.

"Sing and Move (La La La Laaaa)" was the second and last single from the album. It was released June 27, 2006. It failed to match the success of previous singles, not making the top twenty and only reaching a peak of #51.

2007[edit]

Fly Away[edit]

Having been away from the music scene for nearly nine months, Banaroo returned with "Ba Yonga Wamba". It was released March 23, 2007, and also failed to match the success of previous singles, although it did chart higher than "Sing and Move (La La La Laaaa)". The song also managed to chart in the top thirty in Germany and Austria.

They released their seventh and last single "I'll Fly Away" on May 4, 2007. It only reached number 84 in Germany.

Banaroo released their fourth and last studio album Fly Away on July 4, 2007. Failing to do as well as previous albums, it still charted at #24 in Germany.

The Best of Banaroo[edit]

On October 19, 2007, Banaroo released their greatest hits album The Best of Banaroo featuring 18 songs from their four albums, plus two new songs. The album failed to chart.

Minor release in Australia[edit]

"Dubi Dam Dam" was released in Australia in April 2007, but failed to chart; this possibly being the reason why no more Banaroo CD's were released in Australia ever since.

Breakup[edit]

After the release of The Best of Banaroo, Banaroo disappeared from the music world. It was confirmed in 2008 that they would not be releasing any more music and that they had broken up.

2013[edit]

In 2013, Na Klar! held a casting in Germany to pick four new members for Banaroo. The members chosen are Doro, Laura, Alvin, and Daniel. They will continue on the success of Banaroo, considering the past members of Banaroo are now busy with their own solo careers. Banaroo plans to release new material, particularly in the same Banaroo style, in 2013.

The first new single, a new version of their hit single "Dubi Dam Dam", will be released on May 17 as the first single from their upcoming new studio album titled "Bubblegum World", which will include remakes of old songs by Banaroo, as well as brand new songs by the group.

Their fifth studio album "Bubblegum World" was released on June 7, 2013.

After completing their tour in October, on November 6, Laura Luppino announced that Banaroo would be disbanding a second time, as the members had different ideas for Banaroo's future and that it would be impossible for them to continue together. It is unknown at this point if new members will be selected or not. The management of Banaroo has yet to comment on the sudden disbandment.

Recently, it was also confirmed by some fans of Banaroo that the members had said they were planning to release a Christmas single, however, this single was never released due to their disbandment in November 2013. Their producer Oliver DeVille also confirmed that, while this was the plan, the single was never even recorded due to the sudden disbandment.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart ranking
AT DE CH NL
2005 "Dubi Dam Dam" 2 2 5 36
2005 "Space Cowboy" 12 5 17
2005 "Coming Home For Christmas" 5 9 9
2006 "Uh Mamma" 3 9 11
2006 "Sing and Move (La La La Laaaa)" 51 58 82
2007 "Ba Yonga Wamba" 28 30 86
2007 "I'll Fly Away" 84
2013 "Dubi Dam Dam 2013"
2013 "Space Cowboy 2013"

Albums[edit]

Year Title Chart ranking
DE AT CH
2005 Banaroo's World 1 1 7
2005 Christmas World 12 5 26
2006 Amazing 6 2 25
2007 Fly Away 44 24 86
2007 The Best Of Banaroo
2013 Bubblegum World

DVD[edit]

  • 2005: Banaroo – Der Film!

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