Solar-powered art installation to keep Toto’s “Africa” playing out in the desert. Forever.
When the aliens finally secretly make it to earth, we hope they land on the site of a new art installation somewhere in the African desert, where Toto’s “Africa” ââis destined to repeat itself until the end of the ages. timeâ¦ and then we hope they reach out and make contact with the rest of us, so they can tell us what to think about all of this.
Max Siedentopf, a German-Namibian artist with a deep appreciation for pop culture, has designed a permanent art installation somewhere in the Namibian desert that looks like something out of a Stanley Kubrick movie, and it looks like – well, it sounds exactly like Toto’s “Africa”, because that’s how it is.
Powered by solar panels that ensure the project can deliver on its promises 24/7, the facility recognizes the eternal rebirth of popular song from 1982. After a resurgence in popularity thanks to Weezer’s cover. last year the song got even more played recently when Pitbull adapted it for the Aquaman soundtrack.
Siedentopf explains on the Toto Forever project page that the idea is to “keep Toto going for eternity”, thanks to the network of six solar-powered speakers “which is connected to an MP3 player which only has ‘only one song on it’. While Siedentopf provides a base map that shows the general location of the facility, its exact location is meant to be kept a secret – at least until someone with a fiery passion to spot the bizarre and the strange finds out.
SYFY WIRE has reached out to Siedentopf for comment (we’re especially interested to know if he has similar ideas for other songs up his sleeve), and will update this article with any new news as soon as we receive it. In the meantime, Toto Forever will be out there doing its lonely round-the-clock work for an unseen audience in the desolate deserts of the desert – and it looks like a lethal use of infinite renewable solar power.