Toto’s Africa will play on a permanent loop in the Namib Desert
It’s such an eye-catching dune! Toto’s Africa will play on a permanent loop in the Namib Desert as part of a solar-powered art installation hidden among the sands
- Six Speakers Will Blast 1982 Quadruple Platinum Song Over Infinite Loop
- Namibian artist Max Siedentopf said he hopes “to keep Toto alive for eternity”
- He wants “to pay a final tribute to the song and physically expose” Africa “in Africa”
Toto’s Africa detonating loudspeakers have been installed in the Namib Desert to play the soft rock classic in an infinite loop.
Namibian artist Max Siedentopf has set up a solar-powered sound installation in a hidden location to “keep Toto running for eternity”.
The six speakers are connected to an mp3 player with the single track from 1982 on it.
Six loudspeakers blasting Toto’s Africa in infinite loop have been installed in the Namib Desert
The audio system is connected to an mp3 player with the only 1982 soft rock classic on it
‘[I] wanted to pay the song the ultimate tribute and physically exhibit “Africa” in Africa, “the 27-year-old artist told the BBC.
‘Some [Namibians] I love it and some say it’s probably the worst sound installation ever. I think that’s a big compliment.
Mr Siedentopf said he hopes the song – which is quadruple platinum – will play in the 55 million year old desert for another 55 million years.
Mr Siedentopf said he hopes the song – which is quadruple platinum – will play in the world’s oldest desert “for another 55 million years”
Jim Peterik with Bobby Kimball of Toto performed Africa in 2015. Despite its release 37 years ago, Africa was the most listened to song in 2017
“Most parts of the facility were chosen to be as durable as possible, but I’m sure the harsh desert environment will eventually devour the facility,” he added.
Africa has over 440 million views on YouTube and was the most streamed song in 2017.
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