Music Monday: Africa and Toto

On Saturday evening while we were having dinner, my daughter mentioned the song that was part of the sing-along at their school’s annual music concert. The song took me back years to when I was a teenager. I tried humming the tune for my husband to see if he remembered it but eventually I had to grab the iPad and show it to him.

Do you remember Toto’s song Africa? I remember loving the cool rhythms of it and humming it while doing chores. There is an honesty about the song now as I am listening to it decades later: the music is not as synthesised as so much of the new music (though I do love some of it). While listening to the song, I see in my mind’s eye my cousins and the friends that listened to it with me. The song is definitely linked to good memories for me.

What memories do you have of Toto’s song?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

10 thoughts on “Music Monday: Africa and Toto

  1. For some odd reason I recently brought this song up. I liked it back in the day, but not my favorite so I’m not sure why I brought it up. I looked it up on Wikipedia and all of that stuff.


      1. Truthfully, I don’t remember much…. A bit of music nerd stuff about equipment and such. I as also curious about the video, but I don’t know if it really told me much that I couildn’t tell from watching it. I was curious if there was any backlash from the stereotypes they used in the video, but no, that was a different era.

        One thing when you talk about music today – they pretty much did a live drum track with no click. Topday, even if there is a real drummer, they use a strict click track and everything is slaved from it. That’s why the older music breathes more. Also, today everyone, even super good singers, use autotune, which not only gets rid of imperfections, but gets rid of a lot of character. These thinsg make music sound stiffer. And, even though a lot of people used electronic drums back then, they did all of the percussive sounds manually. But some of the synth gear they used was high end, super cool stuff i wish I had 😉


        1. You have explained a lot of technical things which I have just ‘felt’ when listening to the music Trent. Thanks for that. Maybe one day musicians will go back to being more authentic with their music. The naturally good singers would be able to do that I think.

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