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Video: Toto's Africa, Rehashed - Episode 1


Low covers Toto


Toto's smash hit "Africa" is epic . Off the 1982 album Toto IV, it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and has been played ad nauseam at bar mitzvahs, weddings, and dance parties everywhere. Despite the obvious cheese, we love it.

According to Toto's (1999-era) website, the song came about when David Paich, the keyboradist, watched a documentary about the "death and suffering" of the people of Africa.  He wrote: "it both moved and appalled me and the pictures just wouldn't leave my head. I tried to imagine how I'd feel about if I was there and what I'd do." Drummer Jeff Porcaro elaborates; according to him, the song is about "a white boy is trying to write a song on Africa, but since he's never been there, he can only tell what he's seen on TV or remembers in the past." (For a more detailed desciption of how the song was developed, you can check the website.)

Remixes and covers abound; the song is immortal. In this recurring feature, we bring you the best (and sometimes worst) of the perhaps most celebrated pop sing about the Continent. This week's episode is brought to you care of The Onion's AV Club UNDERCOVER 2011 series in which today's (mostly indie) bands are challenged to cover one of 25 songs - in this installment the Minnestoan indie rock band Low covers Africa.

After the jump, the phenomenal original video.

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Burna Boy performs at the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in Hollywood on January 2020. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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