Vice In Bombay – Via Afrika
Via Afrika’s big hit was ‘Hey Boy’ but there was another track which came from their second album ‘Scent Of A Scandal’ which, although not as well remembered, was just as good. Like ‘Hey Boy’, ‘Vice In Bombay’ had an earthy Africa feel without being overtly African and it is as easy to dance to as its predecessor.
There is Rene Veldsman’s alluring vocals which are infected with the sleaziness of the subject matter of the song as the ‘s’ sound is hissed out while a witchy vocal seems to weave itself in and out of the song. Occasionally a woman ululates and it conjures up images of women dancing round a fire (or it might be because the video for the song has women dancing round a fire?).
There is also the punky aspect to the song that bands like Via Afrika and éVoid brought to their music and at times there are hints of Siouxsie & The Banshees in this track. It’s a seductive dance track, exotic and dusty.
Where to find it:
Via Afrika – Via Afrika (2000), Retro Fresh, freshcd 107