It’s still early days, but Namibian artist Max Siedentopf might already be my favourite person of 2019.
In a genius move, Siedentopf has set up a sound installation in an undisclosed location in the Namib Desert to play Toto’s “Africa” on loop.
Arguably one of the greatest songs of all-time (I will fight you), this 1982 quadruple platinum classic was the most streamed song in 2017, with over 440m views on YouTube.
So, how is the song playing on a continuous loop you ask? Well, an MP3 player featuring the track has been connected to six different speakers all powered by solar batteries so that he/we can “keep Toto going for all eternity”.
“[I] wanted to pay the song the ultimate homage and physically exhibit ‘Africa’ in Africa,” Siedentopf told the BBC. “Some [Namibians] love it and some say it’s probably the worst sound installation ever. I think that’s a great compliment.” Don’t listen to the haters Max, we love you.
Check out the video of the installation below.