Imagine this, you’re wandering through an African desert and then you hear it: “it’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you, there’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do”.

No, you haven’t gone mad. Toto’s 1982 soft rock classic Africa is being blasted on repeat for eternity in the middle of the Namib desert.

It’s actually kind of brilliant, isn’t it?

A solar-powered art installation by 27-year-old Namibian-German artist Max Siedentopf will pump out the tune on loop for the rest of time.

The artwork, aptly called ‘Toto Forever’ is made up of six speakers attached to an MP3 player.

“The song is put on loop and the installation runs on solar batteries to keep Toto going for all eternity.”

Namibian-German artist Max Siedentopf


What inspired the creation? The artist said he simply wanted to pay homage to “probably the most popular songs of the last four decades”.

He also cheekily added that he liked the bad joke of playing “Africa” in Africa.

The exact location of the installation hasn’t been disclosed with the artist showing his quirky sense of humour by putting a map on his website that says “approximate location of installation”, with the whole Namib desert circled.


Considering the desert is about the size of Switzerland and the Netherlands combined, the map isn’t much help.

“I prefer to see the sculpture as a treasure in the desert that only the most loyal Toto fan can find,” he said.

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