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Hey Boy – Via Afrika

Hey Boy – Via Afrika


Hey Boy – Via Afrika

In the sleeve notes to the CD release of Via Afrika’s eponymous debut album, Rene Veldsman is quoted as saying, ‘Via Afrika was a living force that encapsulated sex, politics, magic and imagination – a freedom of expression that was us. We didn’t make Via Afrika happen. It happened to us.’

One could perhaps change the quote to say ‘Hey Boy was a living force that encapsulated sex, politics, magic and imagination – a freedom of expression’. And we, the South African public, could reply that we didn’t make ‘Hey Boy’ happen, it happened to us for it did seem to come out of nowhere and was something that you not only listened to, but it was something you experienced. The punky vibe and township influence in the music, cried out that this was something not in tune with the system that tried to keep things apart, and therefor was political. Combined this with Rene’s earthy and alluring vocals and you have something sexy, dangerously sexy. It was magical and highly innovative.

Via Afrika always struck me as a sibling of éVoid. They both wore those crazy ethno-hippy outfits (Fadgets as éVoid called them), and they both made a sort of punky off the wall music that drew heavily from the music of the townships. It was live, vibrant music that you were obliged to dance to. ‘Hey Boy’ was one of the classics from that era. With its persistent keyboard tinklings, bouncing bass, clipped drumming and of course Rene’s vocal performances, it wound itself round the hearts and minds of young South Africans. The song reached number 6 on the Radio 5 charts and 11 on Capital 604 charts and garnered some international interest. Listen to it and blow your wee-sill.

Where to find it:
Via Afrika – Via Afrika (2000), Retro Fresh, freshcd 107
Various Artists – The Best of SA Pop Volume 2 (1994) GMP, CDGMPD 40486 (CD)


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4 thoughts on “Hey Boy – Via Afrika

  1. Where can i find this Via Africa classic?

  2. Nathaniel Maleka on said:

    I really need this CD of VIA AFRICA, please help me to get this heritageof the 90’s.

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