“Africa” a capella – WOW!

Thanks to FooteMAN for the lead on this. I would normally reserve room on my blog for just writing stuff, but this is too good to not share with you.

For those of us who survived the days of “hair metal”, “spandex” and the MTV “VeeJay”, there is a name that will be easily accessed from whatever small number of brain cells we have left that powers our remaining memory (such as it is, eh?). That is the band that went by the name of Toto. A bunch of good session players got together to use their chops and contacts to become a “supergroup”. They will be best remembered for their album “Toto IV”, as it generated a lot of radio play and hits. One of their biggest ones was the song “Africa”.

Here I am working at my computer when I get a message from FooteMAN. Here’s what he said:

“Remember Toto and their biggest hit with “Africa” in 1982? The song is instantly recognizable. But it has been reinvented. Perpetuum Jazzile is an a cappella jazz choir from Slovenia.  It’s hard to think of something further from an ‘80s rock band. But their version of Africa may best the original. The group has amazing voices.  But the beginning of this video is really striking. Group members simulate an African thunderstorm with their hands.  It’s really something to see and hear.  (Don’t turn up your sound – the sound of raindrops begins really soft. Headphones would be better.)”

FooteMAN’s advice is good advice and I have to tell you, I was blown away. Gave me chills to hear what they did with this song. I like the song and I like to play the song. Even if you don’t like the song, there’s a lot to appreciate in their performance. Powerful stuff!

As a bit of commentary 0n it, I think this is one of the few things Steve Lukather did where he didn’t overplay it… I digress. Here is the link to the YouTube page. Watch and enjoy!

Let me know what you think. Did you like it? Hate it? This inquiring mind wants to know!  😛

September 5, 2009 · kengon · No Comments
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