Do you hear the drums echoing tonight?
In the middle of the Namib Desert, Toto’s “Africa” — the song that launched a thousand karaoke sessions — is playing. It is playing right now. And it will keep playing until the end of time.
Multimedia artist Max Siedentopf has installed six speakers somewhere in the Namib Desert in southern Africa. The six speakers play all four minutes and 56 seconds of Toto’s seminal work on repeat. They run on solar energy, so the music will never stop. Toto’s “Africa” will play for eternity in the middle of the desert, beckoning all those who find it.
Whether it’s your version of heaven or hell, it’s out there. The Namibian-German artist told NPR that he “wanted to pay the song the ultimate homage and physically exhibit 'Africa' in Africa. The Namibian desert — which is, with 55 million years, the oldest desert in the world — seemed to be the perfect spot for this."
Siedentopf purposefully chose very tough materials for the installation that will be able to withstand harsh desert winds.
Apparently, the installation is very difficult to find. And there won’t be an old man to stop along the way to help you look. Siedentopf’s only clue is that it is somewhere in the desert. You must go on a journey if you wish to seek it. He compared the installation to “a treasure that only the most loyal of Toto fans can find.”
But we can only guess that it’s going to take a lot to drag you away from the installation once you reach it.
Hurry boy it’s waiting there for you.