AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Toto’s Africa–The Disco Edition

Came across this nice little disco edit of Toto’s “Africa.” Since we have a running series going, thought it would be nice to add it to the bunch. So deeejay! Take us awaaaay to Aaaaaafrica!

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Who hasn’t lip synced to Toto’s “Africa”? Latest: crew of oil supply ship off Equatorial Guinea coast

At last count there were about 140,000 covers of the 1980s American rock band Toto’s song “Africa” on Youtube.  And then there’s all the remixes or samples by more recognized performers.  Just as a sample: R&B crooner...

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

The Toto ‘Africa’ Meme, N°4: The Europe Edition

I can’t lie, Europeans love Toto’s “Africa.” First up there’s the massive Slovenian a capella choir Perpetuum Jazzile (below) that has been viewed more than 12 million times (when I last counted earlier this week) on Youtube...

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

The Toto ‘Africa’ Meme, N°3: Jason Derulo

R&b crooner Jason Derulo mouths some inane lyrics–complete with the “ba bum ba eh ba bum ba eh eh ba bum ba eh” refrain and acting out the “rain down in Africa” line in a shower–over synth...

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Yes, Madlib and GZA sampled Toto ‘Africa’

Remember when we promised we’d start a weekly Toto “Africa” meme. On Wednesdays. Here’s the second installment: It’s Track no.2 off Madlib‘s “Medicine Show #13: Black Tapes.” It features GZA of the Wu Tang Clan. Makes even...

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Introducing the Toto ‘Africa’ Meme

Watch out in the new year for our meme of covers of Toto’s “Africa.” We’ve been wanting to start this for a while. It’s bad music. The best deconstruction of the song’s musical quality is by humorist...

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Hemingway and Toto

Imagine that Hem was forced to teach Creative Writing at an MFA programme, and Phil Sawyer, the song-writer for Toto, was enrolled in his class. And like every MFA whiteboy in Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, or Billings, Montana, Sawyer’s...

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Bad Music

80′s rock band Toto’s  “Africa“–a staple of Apartheid radio–is a bad piece of music which you can’t help humming to when it comes on. And more recently it’s been revived as R&B/dancehall or as “acapella jazz choir.” ...