Monday, August 03, 2009

Fresh choral version of Toto's "Africa"

Good Monday to you, dear readers. Let's start the week, as we always try, with something fun.

Check it and enjoy:



Thanks to reader Collin Quiring for the tip.

I thought I could detect an accent in the men's singing, and indeed the group is a Slovenian chorus called Perpetuum Jazzile. This is their creative rendition of rock group Toto's Africa. (You can freshen your memory on the original in this live performance, or this music video.)

David Paich, who wrote the song, was so impressed with their version that he wrote them a note of high praise (click on News, then Toto loves us; coding doesn't let me link directly).

12 comments:

Mesa Mike said...

Speaking of Toto/Africa, I have stashed somewhere a vinyl single of that group and song which is not just a round shaped piece of black plastic, but has pictures embedded and is shaped like the continent of Africa.

I wonder if it's worth anything...

Paula said...

OK, now I have Rosanna stuck in my head. Toto = good stuff, except for maybe that Toto Japanese toilet, which the jury is still out on.

Rachael Starke said...

Not a big ToTo fan (waaaaay before my time ;) ) but I love jazz/acapella choirs - this was so fun!

The Squirrel said...

"Not a big ToTo fan (waaaaay before my time ;)"

Young whipersnapper! GET OFF OF MY LAWN!

:o)

~Squirrel

Susan said...
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Susan said...

Well, Squirrel, if this will make you feel better, Toto was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay before my time as well, but I was such a teenage VH-1 junkie that I actually know what their songs sound like.

(Hmm. That doesn't help much, does it?) :P

Seriously, though, the song I really liked (still do) from Toto from my VH-1 days was "I'll Be Over You". Didn't really like "Rosanna", but "Africa" was all right. (This acapella version is awesome!)

And the rain!! Oh, that brings me back to physics class of senior year in high school. We were located on the second floor, and our physics teacher (a really FUN Mormon lady) taught us how to make rain the very same way. If memory serves me correctly, by the time we got to the stomping thunderstorm, the poor class downstairs thought that there was a big earthquake!

Susan said...
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Susan said...

(I deleted an earlier comment, but basically it's this: I just realized that I started watching videos before I reached my teenage years, but I wasn't hooked on them until middle school. Wow, talk about being poisoned by pop culture at an young age. But thank God for His grace--I'm sure it could have been much worse.)

Susan said...

(Oops, that's a cappella.)

trogdor said...

Am I the only one majorly bothered by the backwards comparison of the lyric "Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti"? Yeah, probably.

DJP said...

In all likelihood.

Dave Sherrill said...

Thanks for sharing that DJP. Africa is one of my 80s favies.