Toto forever: Africa to play ‘for all eternity’ in Namib desert – The Guardian

Toto forever: Africa to play ‘for all eternity’ in Namib desert – The Guardian

Namibian-German artist Max Siedentopf set up an installation of six speakers that play Africa by Toto on an infinite loop in an undisclosed spot

Somewhere amid the sand dunes of the world’s oldest desert croons a soft voice: “It’s gonna take a lot to take me away from you.”

The voice belongs to the American band Toto, whose hit song Africa has been indefinitely tethered to an undisclosed spot in the Namib coastal desert thanks to Namibian-German artist Max Siedentopf.

The artist set up an installation called Toto Forever made up of six speakers attached to a blue MP3 player – whose only song is Africa set to play on an infinite loop – all standing atop white rectangular blocks set up in the sand. The installation, Siedentopf writes on his website, runs on solar batteries “to keep Toto going for all eternity”.

The song was released in 1982, but it has been dubbed “the internet’s favorite song” with hundreds of thousands of fans across the web. The music video has 442m views on YouTube, while Spotify said that Africa plays doubled in 2018 compared with the previous year. A bot on Twitter that is dedicated to tweeting out the song’s lyrics has well over 50,000 followers. Weezer made a cover of the song last year, and Pitbull’s sampling of the song was featured on the Aquaman soundtrack. Even scientists have joked it is the best song ever made.

Though Africa is named after the continent, the song has turned more into a soothing anthem for Americans that speaks to the ideals of Africa. Jeff Porcaro, the late co-writer of the song and drummer for Toto, described the idea of the song as “a white boy is trying to write a song on Africa, but since he’s never been there, he can only tell what he’s seen on TV or remembers in the past”.

Siedentopf said he considers the tribute worthwhile because Toto has “made a song that is understood and liked all over the world”, he wrote to the Guardian. He considers any reaction to the installation, even negative ones, a compliment.

“If no one hates it, no one will love it,” Siedentopf wrote. “I think having the worst sound installation is more interesting than just a mediocre installation.”

The artist has included a rather unhelpful map on his website, which has the entire 1,200-mile Namib desert circled in red that indicates the location of the installation. Siedentopf seems to have purposely made it hard to find – for fans and authorities alike.

“I’m not too worried that someone will put it in jeopardy,” Siedentopf wrote. “Finding it might take some time.”

True fans may just have to listen for the voice of Toto to find the installation in the vast desert. Hurry, boy, she’s waiting there for you.


  1. What i don’t realize is actually how you’re not actually much more well-liked than you may be now. You are so intelligent. You realize thus significantly relating to this subject, produced me personally consider it from so many varied angles. Its like women and men aren’t fascinated unless it’s one thing to do with Lady gaga! Your own stuffs nice. Always maintain it up!

  2. Hi , I do believe this is an excellent blog. I stumbled upon it on Yahoo , i will come back once again. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and help other people.

  3. Hey! I know this is kinda off topic however I’d figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest writing a blog article or vice-versa? My website addresses a lot of the same topics as yours and I think we could greatly benefit from each other. If you might be interested feel free to shoot me an e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you! Excellent blog by the way!

  4. It is in point of fact a great and helpful piece of info. I?¦m glad that you just shared this helpful information with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Hi, I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your website in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, fantastic blog!

  6. Heya i am for the first time here. I found this board and I in finding It really helpful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to present one thing again and help others such as you helped me.

  7. Thanks for ones marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading it, you will be a great author.I will remember to bookmark your blog and may come back sometime soon. I want to encourage you continue your great writing, have a nice day!

  8. I do love the manner in which you have presented this particular challenge plus it does offer us some fodder for thought. Nonetheless, through just what I have experienced, I basically hope as other commentary stack on that people continue to be on issue and in no way embark upon a soap box involving the news du jour. All the same, thank you for this fantastic point and even though I do not really agree with this in totality, I value your viewpoint.

  9. Very efficiently written story. It will be valuable to everyone who employess it, including me. Keep up the good work – for sure i will check out more posts.

  10. I just couldn’t depart your web site prior to suggesting that I actually enjoyed the standard information a person provide for your visitors? Is gonna be back often in order to check up on new posts

  11. I am only commenting to let you know what a incredible experience my friend’s child undergone studying your web site. She discovered numerous issues, most notably what it is like to possess a great giving nature to make a number of people with no trouble know precisely various tortuous things. You actually exceeded her desires. Thanks for presenting the productive, trustworthy, educational and as well as fun thoughts on the topic to Evelyn.

  12. Have you ever thought about adding a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is important and all. However think of if you added some great images or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with images and videos, this blog could undeniably be one of the best in its field. Excellent blog!

  13. Hello there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that it is really informative. I’m going to watch out for brussels. I’ll be grateful if you continue this in future. Numerous people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here