Toto’s "Africa" to play for eternity in the Namib Desert

The Stone Henge-like installation is a striking sight against its orange desert backdrop, involving a cluster of seven white pillars whose exact location is undisclosed by the artist.

As the BBC reports, Namibian artist Max Siedentopf has set up a permanent sound installation deep within the costal Namib Desert that is now playing "Africa" on a continuous loop using solar power energy, which will, as he says, "keep Toto going for all eternity".

According to the official website of Max Siedentopf, the sound installation, which he named "Toto Forever", consists of six speakers attached to an MP3 player that only has "Africa" on it.

Toto's "Africa" has come home, so to speak, thanks to an installation by an artist who plans to play the song on loop in a Namibian desert - for eternity.

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

"I$3 wanted to pay the song the ultimate homage and physically exhibit "Africa" in Africa", Siedentopf, 27, told the BBC.

It was recently covered by Pitbull for the new superhero film Aquaman, with the rapper adding lyrics about Banksy. "I think having the worst sound installation is more interesting than just a mediocre installation". He hopes it will play for another 55 million years.

Intrepid fans might want to hunt down the shrine to Toto, and for those devout enough to embark on the journey, Siedentopf has enclosed a map detailing the site of the installation.

Only the most dedicated of Toto fans will be able to find the artwork.

  • Kyle Peterson