This art installation will play Toto’s ‘Africa’ in the desert for eternity

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Toto’s inspiring 80s smash “Africa” found new life in 2018 after Weezer covered the track thanks to a fan’s viral campaign. The cover became the American rock band’s biggest hit in years, also igniting a flame to the original, and Toto returned the favor by covering Weezer’s “Hash Pipe.” Pitbull even sampled “Africa” in his newest single “Ocean to Ocean,” which was featured in the Aquaman movie soundtrack.

Today, the audio artifact is ingrained in the airwaves for the rest of eternity thanks to Namibian artist, Max Siedentopf, who created an art instillation in the Namib Desert of seven white pedestals and speakers on each platform blasting “Africa” on a continuous loop. The speakers are solar powered, and since they’re in the desert, there should be no shortage of Toto’s bliss unless it rains down in Africa.

Siedentopf told BBC, “I wanted to pay the song the ultimate homage and physically exhibit ‘Africa’ in Africa. Some [Namibians] love it and some say it’s probably the worst sound installation ever. I think that’s a great compliment.”

H/T: Stereogum

Major Lazer go in on 30-minute ‘Afrobeats’ mini mix

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Electronic authorities of the ubiquitous Major Lazer are bringing a little bit of Africa to the club with their latest “Afrobeats” DJ mix out on Major Lazer frontman, Diplo‘s label, Mad Decent.

The release is especially timely, with reggae, Caribbean, and Afro-inspired accents permeating through the mainstream music circuit, brought to the forefront by the likes of Dillon Francis, Rihanna, Sean Paul, and Major Lazer themselves. The mix is comprised of overt homage’s to the south-of-the-equator-styled artistry, containing songs like “Live and Die in Afrika,” by Kenya’s Afro-pop guru, Sauti Sol, and “Sgicha” delivered by South African tag team, DJ Buckz, HHP, and Afrikan Roots.

Major Lazer masterfully showcase the extensive cultural reciprocity of Afro-pop, with momentous rhythms and hefty, party-certified bass. The mix simulates the experience of traversing the African continent. Africa is known for its vastly differing ways of life, specifically regarding its countless native languages. The mix highlights this notion accordingly, with every song seemingly incorporating a varying indigenous tongue.

Watch John Mayer sample ‘Slide’ during a live performance in San Francisco

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While Calvin Harris recently announced that he will be “movin’ on from Funk Wav sound” in 2018 via Twitter, the 70s inspired sonic stint that diversified Harris’ catalogue will remain an exemplar of a well executed aesthetic experimentation for years to come. The feel good “Funk Wav” vibes exuded by album staples like “Feels” have proven to be irresistible since Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1’s release, and it seems that John Mayer remains all aboard the “Funk Wav” train as evidenced by a recent performance in San Francisco.

Mayer has cultivated a reputation for spontaneously sampling songs during his live shows — in the past, Mayer has astounded audiences worldwide with unexpected mini renditions of Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen classics. As of late, however, Mayer’s tangents involve something slightly more current, Harris’ Frank Ocean-assisted hit “Slide.” Mayer wove Ocean’s vocals from the intro of “Slide” into a live version of “Moving On and Getting Over,” a track off of Mayer’s seventh studio album, The Search for Everything, released in April of 2014. A YouTube video captured by JDWorldReviews shows Mayer cover his original song prior to sampling Toto’s “Africa,” closing out the surprise dual sampling with the intro to “Slide.”

You can see Mayer’s live mashup here, beginning around the 5:40 mark.