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 Steve Almond. But you can’t stop tapping your feet or humming to it. We’re amazed by the wide variety of bands, and genres who have covered this song. And we can attest to its resilience as a piece of media about Africa — including the video. Type “Africa” into Youtube and see what comes up near the top. Here’s a taste of what’s to come. Minnesota indie rock band Low does a cover for the A.V. Club. This version may be the high point of the meme.

Further Reading

On Safari

We are not just marking the end of 2019, but also the end of a momentous, if frustrating decade for building a more humane, caring future for Africans.

Time travelin’

The Chimurenga arts collective explores the relevance of FESTAC, a near forgotten, epic black arts festival held in Nigeria in the mid-1970s, for our age.

Detritus of revolution

Nthikeng Mohlele’s novel Small Things (2013) provides a rejoinder to J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace (1999), depicting a black man’s perspective on the failures of South Africa’s transition.