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Africa at 40
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: October 03, 2022 07:59PM
Toto struck gold in 1982 with its recording of Africa. That was 40 years ago and I'll bet most here can still do the opening cords, even with our failing memory. However, if you need a reminder - here are 42 cover versions of the song (scroll to the last version and work your way up to hear the stranger renditions.

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Re: Africa at 40
Posted by: Rolando
Date: October 03, 2022 08:16PM
Still Prefer "Rosanna"!



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Re: Africa at 40
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: October 03, 2022 10:39PM
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Rolando
Still Prefer "Rosanna"!

Me too. Never say the appeal of "Africa".



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Re: Africa at 40
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: October 03, 2022 11:02PM
My favorite is the Dax Shepard and Kristin Bell music video they made for Africa about 6 years ago. I also like the Weezer cover.

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Re: Africa at 40
Posted by: Sam3
Date: October 04, 2022 06:54AM
My absolute favorite version is Perpetuum Jazzile's acaplla choral version, with the human created rain and thunderstorm sounds:

[www.youtube.com]

That list should have had the above mentioned version included as well. Actually it's a huge slight to the group that it isn't included in that list, when even one of Toto's members praised them:

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Group's performance of song Africa earned them high praise from song's original co-writer, David Paich[5] and Toto invited the group for a joint performance at a 2011 concert held near Udine, Italy.



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Re: Africa at 40
Posted by: mikebw
Date: October 04, 2022 07:44AM
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Sam3
My absolute favorite version is Perpetuum Jazzile's acaplla choral version, with the human created rain and thunderstorm sounds:

[www.youtube.com]

That list should have had the above mentioned version included as well. Actually it's a huge slight to the group that it isn't included in that list, when even one of Toto's members praised them:

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Wikipedia
Group's performance of song Africa earned them high praise from song's original co-writer, David Paich[5] and Toto invited the group for a joint performance at a 2011 concert held near Udine, Italy.

Thanks for sharing that. I've never heard this version and it was excellent, although it took me a minute to get into the theatrics.

Here's another acapella version - [www.youtube.com], Straight No Chaser
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Re: Africa at 40
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: October 04, 2022 08:40AM
Bought the original album...also like the Weezer cover.
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Re: Africa at 40
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: October 04, 2022 08:52AM
I like the original version of Africa. Unlike others above, I didn’t particularly like Rosanna.
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Re: Africa at 40
Posted by: freeradical
Date: October 04, 2022 09:01AM
Has Weird Al covered any of their songs?
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Re: Africa at 40
Posted by: JoeM
Date: October 04, 2022 09:13AM
Toto is pretty much my favorite band from the mid 70’s on. The individual members are musician’s musicians and the number of popular hits they’ve recorded on is pretty staggering. I love Africa and Roseanne primarily because of Jeff Porcaro’s drum parts. He’s one of a few drummers I could sit and listen to with him simply playing by himself. I had the good fortune of being able to meet and chat with them, have photos taken and hang out during their sound check back on their 2014 tour. Not only super talented but nice guys with a great sense of humor.



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Re: Africa at 40
Posted by: chopper
Date: October 04, 2022 09:34AM
Prefer "Out of Africa". Too bad about her husband.
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Re: Africa at 40
Posted by: wurm
Date: October 04, 2022 11:46AM
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JoeM
I love Africa and Roseanne primarily because of Jeff Porcaro’s drum parts. He’s one of a few drummers I could sit and listen to with him simply playing by himself.

I found this clip with Porcaro very interesting...and of course impressive.
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Re: Africa at 40
Posted by: JoeM
Date: October 04, 2022 01:31PM
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wurm
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JoeM
I love Africa and Roseanne primarily because of Jeff Porcaro’s drum parts. He’s one of a few drummers I could sit and listen to with him simply playing by himself.

I found this clip with Porcaro very interesting...and of course impressive.

I’ve previously watched that video 4 times and just enjoyed watching it again, thanks! There’s a couple more of him playing on YouTube. I also dig watching Simon Phillips videos.



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Re: Africa at 40
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: October 04, 2022 07:03PM
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wurm
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JoeM
I love Africa and Roseanne primarily because of Jeff Porcaro’s drum parts. He’s one of a few drummers I could sit and listen to with him simply playing by himself.

I found this clip with Porcaro very interesting...and of course impressive.

That's freaking awesome!



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Re: Africa at 40
Posted by: JoeM
Date: October 04, 2022 09:42PM
Here's a few more that show how special he was:

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With his late brother Mike on bass:
[youtu.be]

Keep in mind he's reading a chart here:
[youtu.be]

And the guy never did drum solos when playing live.



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