Toto Forever: Artist Max Siedentopf sets up installation in Namib desert which plays 'Africa' on 'eternal' loop

FP Staff

Jan 17, 2019 14:26:06 IST

Namibian-German artist Max Siedentopf has set up an installation in the Namib coastal desert, state reports. Named Toto Forever, the installation has the band Toto's famous track 'Africa' playing on an 'eternal' loop.

The model is equipped with solar batteries and will thus extract power from the sun to run the set up continuously. 'Africa' was released in 1982 and has often been termed as “the internet’s favorite song”. It has millions of fans across the web. The music video presently had 442 million views on YouTube.

Siedentopf states that the effort behind keeping the song everlasting was worthwhile as Toto “made a song that is understood and liked all over the world”. “If no one hates it, no one will love it,” Siedentopf added. “I think having the worst sound installation is more interesting than just a mediocre installation," he said to The Guardian.

Spotify, the music app, noted that 'Africa' plays had doubled in 2018 in comparison with the previous years. Even a mere bot on Twitter that is dedicated to writing the lyrics of the song has a following of over 50,000 people.

While Weezer developed a cover for 'Africa' last year, Pitbull's sampling of the song got featured in the Aquaman soundtrack. The report adds that even scientists consider the track to be the best song ever made.

Updated Date: Jan 17, 2019 14:26:06 IST