Thirty-six years ago, Toto released their IV their (surprise!) fourth album. Tucked away at the end of side two was “Africa,” a co-write between drummer Jeff Porcaro (later to die in a bizarre gardening accident that turned out to be not-so-bizarre) and vocalist Bobby Kimball (who is still with us).
The song was a solid hit, going gold or platinum in half a dozen countries even though Toto considered it inferior to “Rosanna,” the big single from the album.
The summer of 2018 has turned all that on its head as “Africa” has become an unlikely meme-worthy hit, thanks to:
1. Weezer’s cover
2. Weezer’s milking of their cover
Seen this performance of Weezer performing the song with Weird Al?
3. How about a black metal version of the song?
No problem. One appeared this week.
4. Toto returning the favour
Toto is on tour (playing “Africa,” of course) but they’re also performing Weezer’s “Hashpipe” as a thank you.