Artist Creates Sound Installation to Play Toto's "Africa" on a Loop...in Africa.

With solar batteries, Toto's hit will play indefinitely in the middle of the desert.

January 14, 2019
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It's been a monumental few years for a little song by Toto called "Africa."

Released in 1982, it hit quadruple platinum, and, with 440 million views on YouTube, was the most streamed song in 2017.  Let's not EVEN mention how it shot to fame again last year when covered by a little band called Weezer.

But it's not just us in Philly, or in Pennsylvania, or even in the United States, who have a deep fondness for the song.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, many Africans enjoy it as well.  And now, Namibian artist Max Siedentopf has set up a sound installation to play "Africa" on an endless loop...in Africa.

Deep in the desert, an MP3 player with solar batteries is programed with a single track...and the repeat button.  "[I] wanted to pay the song the ultimate homage and physically exhibit 'Africa' in Africa," explains the 27-year-old artist.

The goal, according to Max, is to "keep Toto going for all eternity."  He is estimating 55 million years, but who knows???  The sun could go into supernova WAY before then!  And until whichever happens first...Africa is going to keep playing on.

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