Toto's 'Africa' Will Play Eternally in African Desert, Thanks to a New Art Installation
Bless the rains down in Africa--and Namibian artist Max Siedentopf for the gift of Toto's "Africa" on loop forever.
The 1982 hit is already one of the most streamed songs in the world, but Siedentopf recently set up a solar-powered sound installation in the Namib Desert that will continue to play the tune on repeat. The six speakers are built adjacent to each other, and attached to an MP3 player with only the catchy hit on it. He told the BBC that the solar batteries are set "to keep Toto going for all eternity."
"[I] wanted to pay the song the ultimate homage and physically exhibit 'Africa' in Africa," he told the publication. "Some [Namibians] love it and some say it's probably the worst sound installation ever. I think that's a great compliment."
While the set up is incredibly durable, Siedentopf expects the desert's harsh weather conditions to eat away at the installation over time. As for the exact location of the exhibit, the 27-year-old artist is keeping it undisclosed for only the most dedicated Toto fans to find.
If you're not down for a desert escapade, or if the old man in the song's first verse didn't turn to you as if to say, "Hurry boy, it's waiting there for you," see a clip of the installation below.