Toto’s “Africa” will play on an endless loop in the Namib Desert
He turned to me as if to say, “Hurry up my boy, he’s waiting for you over there.”
By now we’ve all heard the hit song ‘Africa’ through Toto. It is one of those legendary songs that have permeated our collective consciousness. You don’t remember hearing it for the first time, but you know all the words.
The 1982 classic is now immortalized forever in the Namib Desert in Africa. All thanks to a sound installation by a German-Namibian artist Max Siedentopf.
Sledentopf installed six solar powered speakers and an iPod. There is only one song on repeat. This is, of course, Toto’s ‘Africa’. It is set to work for eternity, or more likely until the iPod stops working.
Namibians are torn apart. According to Siedntopf, âsome [Namibians] love it and some say it’s probably the worst sound installation ever. I think that’s a big compliment.
It is not yet clear what Toto thinks about the tribute to their song, but they will surely recognize it at some point. Maybe they will even visit the place in the desert and sing. However, that might be a bit too much to ask for.
Siedentopf has published a âmapâ on its website with an approximation of the location of the installation. But it is not very useful.
So, if you want to experience this art on your own, don’t worry. You have all eternity to find it. Or as long as the iPod battery lasts.