German artist, Max Sidentopf, created a sound installation in the Namib desert last month that will play Toto’s “Africa” for all eternity. How fucking cool is that?
In January 2019, a sound installation was set up in an undisclosed location in the Namib Desert to play the song on a constant loop. The installation is powered by solar batteries, allowing the song to be played indefinitely.
The initial idea and lyrics for the song came from David Paich. Jeff Porcaro explains the idea behind the song: “A white boy is trying to write a song on Africa, but since he’s never been there, he can only tell what he’s seen on TV or remembers in the past.”
At the beginning of the ’80s I watched a late night documentary on TV about all the terrible death and suffering of the people in Africa. It both moved and appalled me, and the pictures just wouldn’t leave my head. I tried to imagine how I’d feel about if I was there and what I’d do.
There are a few songs which move me – more by their chords than by the lyrics: “Beds are Burning” (Midnight Oil), “The John Dunbar Theme” (from Dances with Wolves), and Toto’s “Africa”.