Monday, July 13, 2009

Africa by Toto, a remake

in 1982, rock band Toto had a smash hit called Africa. I was 12! The song has been reinvented by Perpetuum Jazzile, a cappella jazz choir from Slovenia. It is amazing, especially the beginning. Check it out for yourself. Just click here.

Song Facts:
Some say the song is about:
"a man who comes to Africa and must make a decision about the girl who comes to see him. He is enamored with the country, but must leave if he is going to be with her"

"a man living IN Africa who is waiting for the arrival of the woman he loves, who is coming TO him, on a plane, naturally (and that's why "she hears only whispers of a quiet conversation", as you usually do on board a commercial flight)"

"a man going on a plane back to his beloved Africa. It talks about "she" coming in 12:30 flight. He is refering to the time the plane is coming in to take him away because he goes on in the same verse about the moonlight relecting the stars that guide him towards salvation, being Africa. He goes on to talk about an old man he meets. He wants to ask him about some ancient stories or songs and the man turns to him and gives him a look that says, hurry Africa is waiting. The chourus is about how, since he is going back to Africa, it would be almost impossible to drag him away again. Then he goes on to talk about the things he wants to do that he never took the time to do before when he was in Africa"

What do you think?

I remember this song playing at our going away party.

Thanks for forwarding the link Marcia.

1 comment:

Ogle said...

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