Toto’s “Africa” endless loop playing in the Namib Desert
It will take a lot to get away from you
There’s nothing a hundred or more men could ever do
I bless the rains in Africa
We’re going to take the time to do the things we’ve never had.
Now you have Toto’s “Africa” stuck in your head for the rest of the day.
Now imagine hearing it over and over and over and over again. For eternity.
Nightmare or blessing?
A Namibian artist named Max Siedentopf let this song go so deep into his head that at the end of December he set up a sound installation in the Namib Desert that plays an endless loop of the song.
Yes, he put “Africa” in Africa. It was the goal.
He did not disclose the location of “Toto Forever”, described by the BBC as “six speakers connected to an MP3 player with a single track on it”.
Siedentopf, 27, said he uses solar batteries “to keep Toto running for eternity”, although he worries what the sands of time will do to him.
“Some (Namibians) love it and some say it’s probably the worst sound installation ever,” the artist told the BBC. “I think that’s a big compliment.”
CNET calls the installation’s Seven Pillars “Stone Henge-like … a striking sight against its orange desert backdrop.” The Namib Desert stretches for over 2,000 kilometers (approximately 1,200 miles), so good luck finding it without Siedentopf’s help.
Siedentopf told Artnet News that even though the song was released in 1982, “it’s still very much in pop culture today and used frequently for memes – even entire pages of Reddit are dedicated to the song.
“I’ve listened to the song over 400 times now and still can’t say what makes it so lasting. It just hits the right nerves.
He told the art information website that he must have been sneaky when setting up the installation.
“It’s hard to give permission in a vast landscape like this,” Siedentopf said. “The facility should work like a treasure that only the most loyal Toto fans can find.”
But he cautioned: “I would advise taking lots of water. The Namib is as big as the Netherlands and Switzerland combined, so it can take a while to find!
Not to mention those wild dogs that scream in the night.