Maizie Williams – Patron

Maizie’s own story had begun on the tiny and remote, oval shaped Lesser Antilles Caribbean island of Montserrat where she and her five siblings were born under the shadow of one of the many smoking giants in that island chain, commonly named Mount Soufriere. Fortuitously she and her family left for Europe several decades before the smoke would turn to lava and ash and destroy their home, previously one of the most beautiful places in the world. Maizie finished school in Birmingham, England, went on to study drama, funded by some part-time modelling and, typical of her modesty, was surprised to win the title of Miss Black & Beautiful in a Brighton beauty contest. This inspired the name of her first band, The Black Beautiful People, and the title also opened several modestly lucrative doors to the modelling world. While on assignment at Modewoche (Fashion Week) in the German town of Hanover she was approached in a restaurant and asked through an interpreter if she would dance to a new record. Suspicious enough to refuse but even more curious to know if this was for real Maizie little knew that her fabulous career was about to take off. Fortunately for us her hesitation turned into acceptance, and with her massive talent and stunning good looks firmly on board the story of one of the world’s most successful bands tentatively began.

Maizie Williams is not only the longest surviving member of the original Boney M. band but, along with Frank Farian, probably the most influential in deciding the long term line-up since it was she who vetted the subsequent members to make sure they would all share a certain chemistry. The initial line-up had been without question a visual front for a record that was already a radio hit, while the follow-up combo was selected more for its broader talent and potential longevity. Maizie Williams, and two others she remembers only as Nathalie and Mike, were briefly recruited to dance to Frank Farian’s hit: Baby Do You Wanna Bump, for Dutch TV – a song sung entirely by Farian himself at that point. The first real band was then put in place for the follow-up, the other original members leaving largely through lack of faith in the project. Maizie and Frank approved and recruited in turn Marcia Barrett, Bobby Farrell and finally Liz Mitchell. Together they went on to establish Boney M. as a closely dependent and indefatigable recording and performing entity in which they all, to different degrees, performed, sang, danced and generally contributed to their greatest ability.