TOTO‘s 1982 hit “Africa” has been a go-to favorite at karaoke parties for years, but imagine hearing the song on repeat, forever. That’s just what is happening in the middle of Africa’s Namib Desert, where an audio-based installation from Namibian-German artist Max Siedentopf plays “Africa” on repeat by way of an MP3 player over, and over, and over.
The installation fittingly named, Toto Forever, runs on solar energy, thus self-sustaining its ability to continue playing the song for as long as the sun is shining on planet earth. The music is played out of six speakers which have been placed on top individual plinths and all pointing outward in a different direction. Toto Forever was set up last December when Siedentopf was home visiting family in the region, and the song has been playing on repeat ever since.
As per NPR‘s report, Siedentopf was inspired by the recent resurgence of interest in the song through pop culture and online communities.
“I was very intrigued by this and wanted to pay the song the ultimate homage and physically exhibit ‘Africa’ in Africa,” Siedentopf told the media outlet. “The Namibian desert–which is, with 55 million years, the oldest desert in the world–seemed to be the perfect spot for this.”
Check out the audio installation in action under the hot African sun via the video below.
Max Siedentopf – Toto Forever Art Installation
[Video: CN Traveler]
According to TOTO’s artist page on Spotify, “Africa” has been streamed a whopping total of 820,966,460 times. The band’s next highest streamed song is “Hold The Line” at 259,338,045 plays. It appears we now know where this huge surplus in streams for “Africa” is coming from.
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