Saturday we have an African Party. It is not for the first time we have this theme
http://christo-second-live.blogspot.nl/2013/12/africa-night-party-at-tracs_15.html?zx=83343cb05e3a9a4c. What make this party so special is that it is the first time that DJ Racker will deejay after his stroke, some months ago.
The initial idea for the song came from David Paich. Jeff Porcaro explains the idea behind the song: "... a white boy is trying to write a song on
Africa, but since he's never been there,
he can only tell what he's seen on TV or remembers in the past."
David Paich said: "At the beginning of the '80s I watched a late night documentary on TV about all the terrible death and suffering of the people in
Africa. It both moved and appalled me and
the pictures just wouldn't leave my head. I tried to imagine how I'd feel about
if I was there and what I'd do."
Musically the song took quite some time to assemble, as Paich and Porcaro explain:
Africa' you hear a combination of marimba
with GS 1. The kalimba is all done with the GS 1; it's six tracks of GS 1
playing different rhythms. I wrote the song on CS-80, so that plays the main
part of the entire tune."
The music video was directed by Steve Barron. In the video, a researcher in a library (portrayed by band member David Paich) tries to match a scrap of a picture to the book from which it was torn out. As he continues his search, a black female librarian working at a desk takes occasional notice of him, while a native in the surrounding jungle begins to close in on the library. When the researcher finds a book entitled Africa, the native throws a spear, toppling stacks of books. Africa falls open to the page from which the scrap was torn, but a lantern lands on it and sets it on fire, after which the librarian's eyeglasses are shown falling to the floor. The scenes are intercut with shots of a spinning globe and the band performing atop a stack of hardcover books.
This video also features Mike Porcaro on bass, replacing David Hungate who had already left Toto before the video was made.
Toto is an American rock band formed in 1977 in Van Nuys in Greater Los Angeles, California. The band's current lineup consists of Joseph Williams (lead vocals), David Paich (keyboards, vocals), Steve Porcaro (keyboards), Steve Lukather (guitars, vocals), and Keith Carlock (drums). Original bass player David Hungate is currently scheduled to tour with Toto as a guest musician, as Mike Porcaro is too ill to tour. Toto is known for a musical style that combines elements of pop, rock, soul, funk, progressive rock, hard rock, R&B and jazz.
David Paich and Jeff Porcaro had played together as session musicians on several albums and decided to form a band. David Hungate, Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro and Bobby Kimball were recruited before their first album release. The band enjoyed great commercial success in the late 1970s and 1980s, beginning with the band's eponymous debut released in 1978. With the release of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Toto IV (1982), Toto became one of the best-selling music groups of their era. They are best known for the Top 5 hits "Hold the Line", "Rosanna", and "
Africa". Several changes to the
lineup have been made over the years. In 2008, Lukather announced his departure
from the band, and the remaining band members later went their separate ways.
In the summer of 2010, Toto reformed and went on a short European tour, with a
new lineup, to benefit Mike Porcaro, who had been diagnosed with amyotrophic
lateral sclerosis (ALS) and is no longer an active member of the band.
↓ A editing job done by Trey Compton; I am a huge fan of Toto. This editing job was not meant to be a mockery of this song but a glorification and a clarification of the pure genius that is: "
↓ Cover of a Slovenian jazz group