Toto classic will play on continuous loop forever in African desert

Toto classic will play on continuous loop forever in African desert

Walking though the sands of the Namib Desert, you'd be forgiven for thinking you can hear Toto's hit single Africa caught on the wind.

But that all changed previous year, thanks to one Internet user who just had to tempt Weezer to cover it, giving them one of their biggest hits, and turning the goddamn song into an Internet meme ...

It's a project conceived by Namibian-German artist Max Siedentopf, appropriately titled "Toto Forever".

Africa has more than 440million views on YouTube and was the most streamed tune in 2017.

Mr Siedentopf tells the BBC it is set to play forever, with solar batteries "to keep Toto going for all eternity".

The installation consists of six speakers, each placed on top of its own plinth and arranged in a circle around a taller plinth holding an MP3 player.

"Some [Namibians] love it and some say it's probably the worst sound installation ever", the 27-year-old said. "I think that's a great compliment", he tells BBC News.

Toto's "Africa" has been undergoing a resurgence of popularity lately, with last year's Weezer cover giving the band its biggest hit in a decade, and Pitbull covering the song for the Aquaman soundtrack.

The artist is not, of course, revealing the exact spot of the installation, adding, it's "like a treasure that only the most loyal of Toto fans can find".

Anyone hoping to track down the installation will likely need to acquire a leave of absence from work first; on his website, Siedentopf indicates its "approximate location" by circling the entire Namib Desert in red.

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