As New Zealand’s only dedicated ABBA Tribute Show, “The Music of ABBA” is a concept that occurred naturally. With five ABBA songs in the dance repertoire already, the band wanted to perform still more. The Music of ABBA show is the solution, hence band members enthusiastically embraced 22 additional ABBA tunes.
This is a heartfelt, faithful reproduction and tribute to the music itself. The music is performed with love and passion, rather than being an impersonation of the ABBA band members. The Music of ABBA stands the test of time and is loved across generations, across the world. And they still sell a million albums each year!
To perform this music well means to bring into the room the absolute magic of ABBA compositions. 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 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 exotic instrumentation. Having put the work in on top of this fantastic 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 are 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. They recorded in Swedish, German, French and Spanish as well as English. As their English diction was very pure, the songs were inherently enhanced by 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 fun selfie time with audience members.
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. The band themselves! New songs from the “Mamma Mia” movie and the two new singles will no doubt be shortly added to Tribute shows around the world. This show “The Music of ABBA” is already undertaking tunes from “Mamma Mia 2”, being “Angel Eyes” and “When I Kissed The Teacher”. We thank them for The Music!
The songs currently performed are: