TOTO’s “Africa” plays on repeat in the Namib Desert in Africa [Video]
TOTOThe 1982 hit “Africa” ââhas been a karaoke party favorite for years, but imagine hearing the song on repeat, forever. This is exactly what happens in the middle of the Namib Desert in Africa, where an audio installation by a Namibian-German artist Max Siedentopf play “Africa” ââover and over on an MP3 player over and over again.
The installation is aptly named, Toto forever, runs on solar power, which allows it to continue playing the song as long as the sun is shining on planet Earth. Music is played through six loudspeakers placed on individual upper pedestals and all pointing outward in a different direction. Toto forever premiered last December when Siedentopf was visiting family in the area, and the song has been played on repeat ever since.
Related: Toto Hosts Snarky Puppy Horns For ‘Rosanna’ At Pori Jazz Festival In Finland [Watch]
According to NPR, Siedentopf was inspired by the recent surge of interest in song across pop culture and online communities.
“I was very intrigued by this and wanted to give the song the ultimate tribute and physically expose ‘Africa’ in Africa,” Siedentopf told the outlet. âThe Namibian Desert, which is, at 55 million years old, the oldest desert in the world, seemed like the perfect place for that.
See the audio installation in action under the hot African sun via the video below.
Max Siedentopf – Toto forever Artistic installation
[Video: CN Traveler]
From TOTO’s artist page on Spotify, âAfricaâ was broadcast a total of 820,966,460 times. The band’s next most listened to song was “Hold The Line” with 259,338,045 plays. It seems we now know where this huge excess flow is coming from for âAfricaâ.
Click here for more information on installing Siedentopf.