Artist creates installation to play Toto’s Africa “for eternity” in the Namib Desert
An installation in the Namib Desert will play Toto’s Africa “for all eternity”, according to the artist who created it.
ax Siedentopf, a Namibian-German artist, put together the installation to pay homage to what he calls “probably the most popular song of the past four decades”.
The artwork consists of an African-only MP3 player, first released as a single in 1982, connected to six speakers.
“The song is looped and the installation runs on solar cells to keep Toto running for eternity,” Siedentopf wrote on its website.
Siedentopf said the artwork was inspired by the song’s ever-growing popularity, which was recently taken over by both Weezer and Pitbull and has become a staple of cover releases and bizarre internet memes.
He told NPR: “I was very intrigued by this and wanted to give the song the ultimate tribute and physically expose ‘Africa’ in Africa.
“The Namibian desert – which is, at 55 million years old, the oldest desert in the world – seemed like the perfect place for this. “
If fans are interested in locating the artwork, Siedentopf has included a map of its approximate location on its website.
This approximate location appears to encompass the entire Namib Desert, but the fact that Siedentopf grew up in Windhoek and installed the work while visiting family in Namibia might give a clue as to where any research began.
This isn’t the first time that Toto’s brutal single spin has made headlines.
Just a few weeks ago, DJ Michael Savage hosted a charity party in Bristol where he played Africa on repeat for 12 hours.