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The song was written by band members David Paich and Jeff Porcaro. The soft rock song lyrically incorporates themes of love and location. Critics praised its composition and Toto's performances. The song reached number one on the United States' Billboard Hot chart and is the band's only Billboard number one.
The song remained at the top for a single week February 5, The song was accompanied by a music video, which premiered inand was Thatthisisgubhu - Various - The Sound Of Africa by Steve Barronwho collaborated previously with the group for " Rosanna ". The video features Toto in a library, as they perform and showcase various aspects Luv 4 Dem Gangstaz - Various - Beverly Hills Cop III (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) African culture.
While popular in the s and s, with the song being certified gold by the RIAA in"Africa" saw a resurgence in popularity via social media during the mid to late s, including a fan-requested cover by American rock band Weezer which peaked at number 51 on the Billboard Hot The initial idea and lyrics for the song came from David Paich. Paich was playing around with a new keyboard, the CS and found the brassy sound that became the opening riff.
He completed the melody and lyrics for the chorus in about ten minutes, much to Paich's surprise. It was like God channeling it. Something just happened here! At the beginning of the '80s I watched a late night documentary on TV about all Ive Been Born Again - Johnnie Taylor - Super Taylor terrible death and suffering of the people in Africa.
It both moved and appalled me, and the pictures just wouldn't leave my head. I tried to imagine how I'd feel about if I was there and what I'd do. InPaich explained that the song is about a man's love of a continent, Africa, rather than just a personal romance.
Several of his teachers had done missionary Opening - Jens Carelius - The Architect in Africa, and this became the inspiration behind the line: "I bless the rains down in Africa.
Musically, the song took some time to assemble. Steve Porcarothe band's synth player, introduced Paich to the Yamaha CS, a polyphonic analog synthesizerand instructed him to write a song specifically with the keyboard in mind. Paich gravitated towards a brassy flute sound, which he found to be a unique alternative to the piano. So when we were doing "Africa" I set up a bass drumsnare drum and a hi-hatand Lenny Castro set up right in front of me with a conga.
We looked at each other and just started playing the basic groove. We just played. And I was singing the bass line for 'Africa' in my mind, It’s Only A Paper Moon - Frank Sinatra - Simply Sinatra we had a relative tempo. Lenny and I went into the booth and listened back to the five minutes of that same boring pattern. We picked out the best two bars that we thought were grooving, and we marked those two bars on tape.
But a Linn machine doesn't feel like that! Jeff Porcaro also acknowledged that he was influenced by the sounds created by fellow Los Angeles session musicians Milt Holland and Emil Richards. To recreate those sounds, he and his father Joe Porcaro made percussion loops on bottle caps and marimba respectively. I saw the real thing It was the first time I witnessed somebody playing one beat and not straying from Thatthisisgubhu - Various - The Sound Of Africa , like a religious experience, where it gets loud, and everyone goes into a trance.
During an appearance on the radio station KROQ-FMSteve Porcaro and Steve Lukather described the song as "dumb" and "an experiment" and some of the lyrics as "goofy" that were just placeholders, particularly the line about the Serengeti. The band was more focused on the album's lead single " Rosanna " instead. The music video was directed by Steve Barron. As he continues his search, a librarian Jenny Douglas-McRae working at a nearby desk takes occasional notice of him, while a native in the surrounding jungle begins to close in on the library.
When the researcher finds a book titled Africa, the native throws a spear at a bookshelf the shield the native carries is the same as the one in the picturetoppling stacks of books.
Africa falls open to the page from which the scrap was torn, but a lantern lands on it and sets it on fire, after which the librarian's eyeglasses are shown falling to the floor. The scenes are intercut with shots of a spinning globe and the band performing atop a stack of giant hardcover books, in which Africa is the topmost.
This video also features Mike Porcaro on bass, replacing David Hungatewho had already left the band before the video was made. Lenny Castro is also featured in the video on percussion. As of Junethe music video has over million views on YouTube. The song was popular upon its release, hitting number one on the Billboard Hot in Februaryand the song has continued to be a popular soft-rock classic up to the 21st century. The song has been utilized in many internet memes has appeared in television shows, such as Stranger ThingsFamily GuyChuckand South Parkand was used by CBS during their coverage of the funeral of former South African president Nelson Mandelaalbeit not without controversy.
In Januarya The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra And Fred Steiner - Star Trek - Volume Two (Music Adapted From Selec installation was set up in an undisclosed location in the Namib Desert to play the song on a constant loop.
The installation is powered by solar batteries, allowing the song to be played indefinitely. Weezer covered the song, following a fan-initiated social media campaign; it was released on Thatthisisgubhu - Various - The Sound Of Africa 29, Weezer finally released "Africa" on May 29, A limited edition 7-inch vinyl pressing was released by Weezer in July and sold exclusively through Urban Outfitters.
The pressing was limited to copies, with "Africa" as the A-side and "Rosanna" as the B-side. The cover artwork features a background of palm fronds Downsville - Deadeye Dick - Whirl the tweet that inspired the song in the center of the cover.
Shortly after the song's release, Weezer appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Weezer released a music video of their "Africa" cover in Septemberstyled as a parody of the video for their earlier single " Undone — The Sweater Song.
Yankovic had previously appeared onstage during the band's tour to perform "Africa" with them. Weezer included the cover on their surprise release of the all-covers " Teal Album " in January From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Soft rock  . David Paich Jeff Porcaro. Alternative rock  power pop  pop rock . Archived from the original on October 27, Retrieved May 1, Tampa Bay Times. Archived from the original on September 9, Retrieved September 15, Retrieved June 15, Thatthisisgubhu - Various - The Sound Of Africa April 18, Archived from the original on July 1, Retrieved July 1, April 18, Archived from the original on July 14, Retrieved December 2, Archived from the original on September 28, Retrieved November 3, Archived from the original on June 25, Retrieved June 4, Modern Drummer.
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