Toto - Africa
Toto the rock band released "Africa" as a single on May 10 and October 30, 1982, in Europe and The US respectively.
For their 1982 album Toto IV, the track was written by David Paich, and Jeff Porcaro while the band produced it.
The Colombian Record Label was responsible for it's success as a chart-topper. David was inspired by watching a TV documentary narrating the suffering in Africa.
The team was able to combine Marimba with GS 1 perfectly which is a unique touch from the continent.
Steve Barron directed the music video which features Mike Porcaro who joined the group after David left.
By 1983,more than 900,000 copies of "Africa" were sold in the US and the UK alone, "Africa" has been viewed 254 million times and counting... on YouTube.
Across Europe, the music remained on charts for years, and in 2013, the track resurfaced on the New Zealand iTunes Chart as number one.
During their Toto IV Tour, the band performed Africa at Nippon Budokan stadium in 1982. It attracted cover version and samples from 2002 to date.
Ja Rule sampled Africa on his "Murderer Reign" track in 2002, Jason Derulo did the same on his song "Fight for You" in 2011, Chaos Divine Metal band covered the music in 2012, and Ninja Sex parties released their cover version in 2017.
On June 5, 1992, Toto’s lead vocalist, Jeff Porcaro, died from an accident, Mike Porcaro, the band’s bassist, followed suit and Fergie Frederiksen, former vocalist, passed away on January 18, 2014, after a long battle with liver cancer.
Group members left and came back over the years while some left for good. Their 2017 US tour, An Evening with Toto was magical and they are working on a special project to celebrate their 40th anniversary.