Art Installations: Toto's 'Africa' Playing Endlessly In The African Desert On A Solar Powered Sound System

January 29, 2019


Because art means different things to different people (to me, tasteful nudes all day every day), this is a video demonstration of the art installation erected by Namibian artist Max Siedentopf, which consists of a solar-battery powered sound system endlessly playing Toto's 'Africa' on loop in the coastal Namib Desert. Some more info while I play Rebecca Black's 'Friday' and daydream that it really is:

"[I] wanted to pay the song the ultimate homage and physically exhibit 'Africa' in Africa," explains the 27-year-old artist.

"Some [Namibians] love it and some say it's probably the worst sound installation ever. I think that's a great compliment."

He has chosen an undisclosed spot in the 55-million-year-old Namib desert to set up six speakers attached to an MP3 player with the single track on it.

Mr Siedentopf says he hopes the song will play for another 55 million years.

"Most parts of the installation were chosen to be as durable as possible, but I'm sure the harsh environment of the desert will devour the installation eventually."

I wonder how long it really will last. My guess is just about one minute after somebody discovers it. And, God willing, that person will be me -- I've been needing a new sound system for my apartment, and free is definitely the right price. As a matter of fact *checks bank account* free is the only price.

Keep going for a short video.

Thanks to atheistgirl, who agrees if art isn't dead, it's at least in hospice care.

  • Deksam

    So the guy then moved his "refrigerator" sized snow mounds off his roof to the dessert...

  • Rick Thomas

    This is why Jihadists bomb us

  • MMMMMMMMM African Dessert!

  • Wooder

    Great now we are torturing camels in a desert with this GOD FORSAKEN SONG! PETA will here about this...

    The artist should be forced to sit next to his ART!

  • Munihausen

    Toto's Africa may have been the song least in need of a cover by Weezer.

  • Matt Smith

    "Most parts of the installation were chosen to be as durable as possible" all the wires are exposed and all the electronics are just sitting on top of some boxes. Yeah that's gonna last.

  • Yea, this is some weak shit. Couldn't even custom fabricate something to hold the speakers? Just threw some shitty computer speakers on some boxes. Brilliant. Everyone knows the only thing that holds up in the desert is a pyramid.
    Waterproof the speakers and build them direct into a thick acrylic pyramid. Boom... That shit'll last at LEAST 2 months.

  • GeneralDisorder

    The fact it's solar powered means it'll stop working after one major dust storm (which would take probably a day or three).

  • Waterproof? In the desert?


    And since we are hitting the Toto memes...

  • Yea... looks like those links got fucked up. Soooorry!

  • Sayahh

    Yes. I bless the rains down in Africa, all 3 inches of it (per year).

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