As New Zealand’s only dedicated ABBA Tribute Show, “ABBA HEAVEN – All the Hits!” is a concept that occurred naturally. With five ABBA songs in the repertoire already, the band wanted to perform still more. The Music of ABBA show was the solution, and band members enthusiastically embraced 23 additional ABBA tunes.
This is a heartfelt, passionate reproduction and tribute to The Music of ABBA itself, rather than being an impersonation of the ABBA band members. ABBA’s music stands the test of time and is loved across generations, around the world. ABBA still sell a million albums each year. There is no chance of slowing down anytime soon. The soundtrack to “Mamma Mia: Here We go Again” is Number 1 around the world in 2018 – deservedly so! The soundtrack music is produced by Benny Anderson. Additionally two brand new recently recorded ABBA songs featuring Agnetha and Frida will be released later in the year.
Benny & Bjorn have said that each recording is like a Swiss time piece, everything fits together precisely. The vocalists and the producer of The Mermaids align themselves with this aim. The Mermaids Dance band’s producer spent 2000 hours in a recording suite creating the tracks for the show. Top session musicians from New Zealand and Australia were hired and recorded. Bringing to life, as authentically as possible, the sound of ABBA, this included some some exotic instrumentation. Having put the work in on top of this superb musical foundation, the band are well pleased with their tribute to The Music of ABBA. Sound files just below the next paragraph.
All vocals are very detailed and the harmonies chosen are those that dominate on the original recordings. Considered as well were the musical roots of ABBA themselves, in order to not put a different “stamp” on the way the songs are sung. ABBA were influenced by European folk music, classical music, English pop, jazz, (but no blues), and also American pop music, such as The Beach Boys. Agnetha, Frida, Bjorn & Benny recorded in Swedish, German, French and Spanish as well as English. Their English diction being very pure, thus enhancing the songs with beautiful ringing vowel sounds.
Sound files from The Music of ABBA – performed by The Mermaids
Highly interactive, the audience and the band irresistibly take part in celebrating the love of ABBA. The audience often dresses up in their disco glories and glam 70’s gear, and always sings along because everyone knows the words. So much fun! ABBA and Mermaids fans travel 100’s of kms to attend shows again and again. At the end of each show the band has a fun selfie time with audience members. Girls Night Out anybody!
The female vocalists wear Glam Rock outfits authentic to the era of ABBA. These include 1970s jumpsuits, knickerbockers, gold lame, metallic over the knee boots, sequins and body suits galore. Many costumes have been added to the show since it began. Some of the costumes worn are authentic, actual 1970’s and 80’s stage costumes. Amber Claire, a member of the band is continually researching into the fashion of the era. She sources authentic vintage clothing pieces for the performance. These are worn alongside the super glamorous modern outfits that approximate the 1970’s and 80’s stylings.
It’s a big year for ABBA fans with the release of the second “Mamma Mia” movie. AND later in the year we all are thrilled to anticipate two brand new song releases from ABBA with Agnetha and Frida back in the recording studio! This line up already performs most of the songs form the brilliant new “Mamma Mia” movie. But additional songs from that movie have been added in 2018 :”Angel Eyes” and “When I Kissed The Teacher”.
The songs currently performed are: