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The Vengaboys in 2009. From left to right: Robin Pors, Kim Sasabone, Donny Latupeirissa and Denise Post-Van Rijswijk
Background information
OriginRotterdam, Netherlands[citation needed]
Years active
  • Breakin' Records
  • Violent Music BV
[citation needed][citation needed]
MembersKim Sasabone[citation needed]
Denise Post-Van Rijswijk[citation needed]
Robin Pors[citation needed]
Donny Latupeirissa[citation needed]
Past membersRoy Olivero den Burger[citation needed]
Yorick Bakker[citation needed]

Vengaboys is a Dutch Eurodance music group based in Rotterdam.[citation needed] The group was the brainchild of Dutch producers Wessel van Diepen and Dennis van den Driesschen (Danski and Delmundo) and consists of lead (female) vocalists Kim Sasabone and Denise Post-Van Rijswijk and male vocalists Robin Pors and Donny Latupeirissa.[citation needed]

The group enjoyed commercial success in the late 1990s. They are best known for their hit singles "We Like to Party", "Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!" and "We're Going to Ibiza", the latter two of which topped the UK Singles Chart. They have sold an estimated 25 million records worldwide.[2] On 2 May 2001, the World Music Awards awarded Vengaboys with the award for best-selling dance group of the year.[3] In 2019, Dutch online newspaper declared Vengaboys as the most successful Dutch pop group in history.[4]


1997–1998: Formation and Up and Down[edit]

Dutch producers Danski and Delmundo initially found success organizing illegal beach parties during the summers.[2]

1998–1999: Second Line-up and The Party Album[edit]

In 1998, with the addition of the three new members Denise Post-Van Rijswijk, Roy den Burger and Robin Pors and existing member Sasabone, the now four-piece entered the UK Singles Chart at number 4 with "Up and Down" and their follow-up "We Like to Party (The Vengabus)" peaked at number 1 in Belgium[5] and was a Top 10 hit in other European countries, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.[citation needed] It reached number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100.[citation needed] Vengaboys released their second album, The Party Album, which included both old and new tracks.[citation needed] In June 1999, "Boom Boom Boom Boom" topped the charts in the UK, New Zealand and the Netherlands.[citation needed] "We Like to Party" was used in a Six Flags advertisement campaign in America, in which an elderly gentleman (Mr. Six) was dancing to the tune and picking up passengers.[citation needed] The Party Album! soared to the top of the charts in over 20 countries including the U.K., Canada, Germany, Benelux, Spain, South Africa, Thailand, Poland, Australia, and Mexico.[citation needed] "We're Going to Ibiza", a reworking of Typically Tropical's 1975 number 1 hit "Barbados", also reached the top slot in September 1999.[citation needed] Their debut LP spent 30 consecutive weeks on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was certified gold (500,000 units) in November 1999.[citation needed] The Party Album! was re-released as Greatest Hits - Part 1, including five new songs. The Remix Album, released in late 1999, comprised new dance remixes of the songs from the Vengaboys' debut record.[citation needed]

2000–2002: Departure of Pors, The Platinum Album and Hiatus[edit]

For their fourth single, the group gained a virtual member, the computer-animated Cheekah.[citation needed] The single "Cheekah Bow Bow (That Computer Song)" was not as successful as their previous singles.[citation needed] They released their single "Forever as One" in February 2001 with little promotion.[citation needed] The single charted at 28 in the UK, making it their worst-performing single.[citation needed] Shortly after this release, Denise Post-Van Rijswijk and Bakker left the group and were replaced by Lynn Bartels and Mark Jong a Pin.[citation needed] The group eventually disbanded for several years.[citation needed] During her departure, Denise Post-van Rijswijk gave birth to her first child.[citation needed]

2006–2009: Return on Stage and Line-up changes[edit]

In 2006, they returned to the club scene with new member Donny Latupeirissa a.k.a. Ma'Donny, replacing den Burger as Cowboy.[6]

2010–2011: Comeback and The Best of Vengaboys[edit]

In 2010, The Vengaboys started a comeback.[citation needed] Their comeback single, "Rocket To Uranus", a collaboration with singer-songwriter Pete Burns and American celebrity Perez Hilton, was only released in their home country in June.[citation needed] The video premiered on 6 June at the Dutch television station TMF,[7] and in 2D and 3D formats on their own website and YouTube channel.[citation needed] They were due to release a Best of in Australia on 9 December 2011.[8]

2012–2013: Single releases[edit]

Vengaboys (2013)

In 2012, Vengaboys began performing a cover of T-Spoons song "Sex On The Beach" in their live shows.[citation needed] In January 2013, the group first performed "Hot, Hot, Hot", a cover of the 1983 hit originally by 'Arrow' during their National Tour in Australia.[citation needed] The song was released in July 2013 as a single, containing 13 remixes.[citation needed] The single was released worldwide except France on iTunes.[9] Around that time, Kim Sasabone got pregnant.[citation needed] The group continued to maintain a busy tour schedule, with most shows based in Europe and Australia.[citation needed]

2014–2015: X-mas Party Album[edit]

The Vengaboys on stage in 2015

On January 2014, Robin Pors mentioned in an interview in Dubai that the group will continue to tour in Europe and are currently working on future shows in the Middle East and India, along with performing their greatest hits, their latest single, "Hot, Hot, Hot", and reportedly new unreleased tracks.[citation needed] He also stated that releasing new material is on their agenda for 2014.[citation needed] In May 2014 a new Remix from their Single "To Brazil" re-titled "2 Brazil" has been released.[citation needed] In November 2014 a new album was released called The X-mas Party Album with all the Vengaboys classic hits with a Christmas sound.[citation needed] Also, the single "Where Did My X-mas Tree Go" was released together with a new music video.[citation needed] A tour to South Africa was scheduled for December.[10]

Vengaboys (2016)

2015-2017: Australia and New Zealand Tour[edit]

In late February 2015, Denise Post-Van Rijswijk revealed that she was pregnant with her second child, a girl.[11]

In 2016, the group toured Australia and New Zealand.[12] In June, the Vengaboys hosted MTV Pride, a pop-up channel in the UK, dedicated to the LGBT community.[13]

In November and December 2017, Vengaboys supported Steps at their Party on the Dancefloor Tour.[14]

2019: 20th anniversary and Unplugged EP[edit]

In 2019, Vengaboys celebrated their 20th anniversary and released the songs "Boom, boom, Boom, Boom!! - Unplugged" and "We're going to Ibiza! - Unplugged" in June on an EP titled Unplugged #1's.[15]


Member 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Kim Sasabone
(1997–2002, 2006–present)
Denise Post-Van Rijswijk
(1997–2002, 2006–present)
Roy den Burger
Donny Latupeirissa
Robin Pors
(1997–1999, 2009–present)
Yorick Bakker
(1999–2002, 2006–2009)

Other members:

  • Frank Bethlehem (Vengaboys Sound Engineer since they started, died on 14 December 2014 from a stroke)[16]
  • Shaun Van Eck (1997–1998) (Current Sound Engineer that replaced Frank)[17]



Preceded by
World Music Awards Best Selling Dance Group[citation needed]
2 May 2001 - 12 October 2003
Succeeded by

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Vengaboys". Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Vengaboys". The Eurodance Encyclopædia. KDJ Eurodance Ltd. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Music Industry Awards". Encyclopedia Fun Trivia. Archived from the original on 13 February 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Profiel Vengaboys: De succesvolste Nederlandse popgroep aller tijden". 30 May 2019. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Vengaboys - We Like To Party! (The Vengabus)". Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Queer Careers - Donny Latupeirissa, Vengaboys". ROMEO. 19 August 2018. Retrieved 31 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Vengaboys: And for tv addicts: the fu ..." Twitter. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  8. ^ Best Of (Australian Tour Edition): Vengaboys: Music Archived 7 July 2012 at (9 December 2011). Retrieved on 2012-04-29.
  9. ^ "Vengaboys".
  10. ^ "Vengaboys – Schedule". Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  11. ^ "vengaboys - Mobile Uploads - Facebook".
  12. ^ "VENGABOYS – Official Homepage". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Special Pride TV channel to be hosted by the Vengaboys". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  14. ^ Vengaboys (21 December 2017). "Vengaboys - The Party On The Dancefloor tour with Steps - UK & Ireland". YouTube.
  15. ^ "The Vengaboys release unplugged hits to mark 20th anniversary". Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  16. ^ "vengaboys - Mobile Uploads - Facebook".
  17. ^ "Vengaboys' Sound Engineer Frank Bethlehem Passes Away in South Africa". Retrieved 12 October 2017.

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