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 acapella choir Perpetuum Jazzile (below) that has been viewed more than 12 million times (when I last counted earlier this week) on Youtube where it attracts comments like “unusual and interesting” or “the two women to our right of the main male singer are hot;” then there’s the Dutch street organ (imagine what Toto would have sounded like in the 19th century), a German trio, and the devotion of Serbian fans who decided to subtitle the original.

BTW, following our earlier meme posts, blogger and musicologist Wayne & Wax felt inspired to write a long post about the “Africanness” of the actual tune. Some of his readers dug up a Senegalese rap cover (Ethan Zuckerman is a hip hop head?!), a Ghostface vs Toto remix and a rap over the credits of American TV show, “Community,” by actual rapper Donald Glover and Betty White.

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.