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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
GenresDance-pop, Eurodance, bubblegum dance
Years active
  • 1997–2002
  • 2006–present[1]
  • Breakin' Records
  • Violent Music BV
MembersKim Sasabone
Denise Post-Van Rijswijk
Robin Pors
Donny Latupeirissa
Past membersRoy Olivero den Burger
Yorick Bakker

Vengaboys is a Dutch Dance-pop and Eurodance music group based in Rotterdam. 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.

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 charts in the United Kingdom. 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] Danski and Delmundo recruited singer Kim Sasabone for the music videos, to form a group in 1997. The name Vengaboys was thought up during a recording session for another of Danski and Delmundo's projects, called Nakatomi.[citation needed] The group recorded several single tracks such as their two small Benelux hits "Parada De Tettas" and "To Brazil", which were released as singles before the release of the tracks as a debut album titled Up & Down - The Party Album in the Netherlands.

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 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. It reached number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100. Vengaboys released their second album, The Party Album, which included both old and new tracks. In June 1999, "Boom Boom Boom Boom" topped the charts in the UK, New Zealand and the Netherlands. "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. "We're Going to Ibiza", a reworking of Typically Tropical's 1975 number 1 hit "Barbados", also reached the top slot in September 1999. Their debut LP spent 30 consecutive weeks on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was certified gold (500,000 units) in November 1999. 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.

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

Shortly before the release of their third studio album, Pors left the group to pursue a solo career and was replaced by dolphin trainer Yorick Bakker. The Platinum Album was released in early 2000, which saw continued success for the group. More UK and Canadian Top 10 hits followed: "Kiss (When the Sun Don't Shine)", "Shalala Lala" and "Uncle John from Jamaica" all charted, with the former going to number one on the Irish Charts.[citation needed] For their fourth single, the group gained a virtual member, the computer-animated Cheekah. The single "Cheekah Bow Bow (That Computer Song)" was not as successful as their previous singles. They released their single "Forever as One" in February 2001 with little promotion. The single charted at 28 in the UK, making it their worst-performing single. Shortly after this release, Denise Post-Van Rijswijk and Bakker left the group and were replaced by Lynn Bartels and Mark Jong a Pin. The group eventually disbanded for several years. During her departure, Denise Post-van Rijswijk gave birth to her first child.

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. In 2009, Pors returned to the group replacing Bakker. They toured university student union clubs in the UK and Ireland, most notably the UCD 2010 Ball, with an estimated 9000 attendees.[citation needed] Throughout 2008 and 2009, the group continued to tour on a small scale, while various rumors of new tracks including "Partylife" in 2008 and a re-release of old material in 2009 generated publicity.[citation needed]

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

In 2010, The Vengaboys started a comeback. 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. The video premiered on 6 June at the Dutch television station TMF,[6] and in 2D and 3D formats on their own website and YouTube channel. They were due to release a Best of in Australia on 9 December 2011.[7]

2012–2013: Single releases[edit]

Vengaboys (2013)

In 2012, JJ Van Zon briefly took on the role of the Cowboy before Donny Latupeirissa returned to the group in November.[citation needed] Also in 2012, Vengaboys began performing a cover of T-Spoons song "Sex On The Beach" in their live shows. 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. The song was released in July 2013 as a single, containing 13 remixes. The single was released worldwide except France on iTunes.[8] Around that time, Kim Sasabone got pregnant. The group continued to maintain a busy tour schedule, with most shows based in Europe and Australia.

2014–2015: X-mas Party Album[edit]

The Vengaboys on stage in 2015

On January 2014, Pors mentioned in an interview[citation needed] 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. He also stated that releasing new material is on their agenda for 2014. In May 2014 a new Remix from her Single "To Brazil" re-titled "2 Brazil" has been released. In November 2014 a new album was released called The X-mas Party Album with all the Vengaboys classic hits with a Christmas sound. Also, the single "Where Did My X-mas Tree Go" was released together with a new music video. A tour to South Africa was scheduled for December.[9]

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.[10]

In 2016, the group toured Australia and New Zealand.[11] In June, the Vengaboys hosted MTV Pride, a pop-up channel in the UK, dedicated to the LGBT community.[12]

In November and December 2017, Vengaboys supported Steps at their Party on the Dancefloor Tour.[13]

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.[14]


Member 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
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)[15]
  • Shaun Van Eck (1997–1998) (Current Sound Engineer that replaced Frank)[16]



Preceded by
World Music Awards Best Selling Dance Group
May 2, 2001 - October 12, 2003
Succeeded by

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Vengaboys".
  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. ^ "Vengaboys, the most successful Dutch pop group in history".
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Vengaboys: And for tv addicts: the fu ..." Twitter. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  7. ^ Best Of (Australian Tour Edition): Vengaboys: Music Archived 7 July 2012 at (9 December 2011). Retrieved on 2012-04-29.
  8. ^ New Single Announcement
  9. ^ "Vengaboys – Schedule".
  10. ^ "vengaboys - Mobile Uploads - Facebook".
  11. ^ "VENGABOYS – Official Homepage". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Special Pride TV channel to be hosted by the Vengaboys". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  13. ^ Vengaboys (21 December 2017). "Vengaboys - The Party On The Dancefloor tour with Steps - UK & Ireland" – via YouTube.
  14. ^ "The Vengaboys release unplugged hits to mark 20th anniversary". Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  15. ^ "vengaboys - Mobile Uploads - Facebook".
  16. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Vengaboys' Sound Engineer Frank Bethlehem Passes Away in South Africa". Retrieved 12 October 2017.

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