Afro Disco USA Mixes 80's
-Tracklisting01. Via Afrika - Hey Boy (Original Maxi Version) (6.48) 198302. Via Afrika - Hey Boy (US Remix) (6.15) 198303. Via Afrika - Hey Boy (US Dub Mix) (5.22) 198304. Via Afrika - Via Afrika (Original Mix) (4.02) 198305. Via Afrika - Via Afrika (US Remix) (6.03) 198306. Via Afrika - Via Afrika (US Dub Mix) (5.19) 1983-"Via Afrika erupted on to the South African music scene in the early 1980s.
During 1982 and 1983, Kensington Mansions, an apartment block on Noord Street in central Johannesburg, became the musical and spiritual home of Via Afrika – Ren? Veldsman, Lukas Crouse and Michele Rowe. It was here that Ren?, Lukas and Michele rehearsed, ideated and generally experimented with style and art in their quest to create a sound that would remain distinctly fresh, original and indisputably Via Afrikan. It was here, too, that this, the first album, was written and planned for studio production.
Looking back, there is little doubting that Via Afrika was uniquely outstanding in many aspects. Viewing Ren?, Lukas and Michele beyond their hypnotic music, their tantalising costumes and bodily adornments and their hedonistic and, sometimes, erotic dance routines, there was that special otherworldliness about them. Asked about the inspiration behind the band's songwriting, Ren? says
" … A glamorous protest against government policy, homophobia, the constraints on freedom of expression and, generally, the rules in place during the apartheid years. We wanted our music to be a visual experience of textures, cultures and language – a celebration of the wonders of being African and the realisation of this privilege.
"Our work was ahead of its time, but in later years we were recognised for our work with a United Nations award presented by Beyers Naude in New York City. Our style of music was strictly South African – no boundaries, just a unique sound that grew from a free-thinking group of musicians and artists."
Our first album, Via Afrika, was the most pirated music around at that time," says Ren?. "We took this as a compliment. We were not money-mad – we liked the stuff and needed it for the equipment, sound, clothes and the fun it bought us. We didn't make much money out of record sales – maybe five, six or seven grand."
THIS "RYTHMIC AFRO DISCO" GEM SCORES A 10/10!
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