Formed in London, England in 1980, this all-female pop trio originally comprised Keren Woodward (2 April 1961, Bristol, England), Sarah Dallin (b. 17 December 1961, Bristol, England) and Siobhan Fahey (b. Siobhan Marie Fahey, 10 September 1958, Dublin, Eire). After singing impromptu at various parties and pubs in London, the trio was recorded by former Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook on the Swahili Black Blood cover version, Ai A Mwana. The single caught the attention of Fun Boy Three vocalist Terry Hall, who invited the girls to back his trio on their revival of It Aint What You Do, Its The Way That You Do It. In return, the Fun Boy Three backed Bananarama on their Velvelettes cover version, Really Saying Something, which reached the UK Top 5 in 1982. From the outset, Bananarama had a strong visual image and an unselfconsciously amateur approach to choreography that was refreshing and appealing. Although they initially...
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