When you think of enduring works of art, you might consider the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Maybe Picasso's Guernica, or Melville's Moby Dick. A Namibian-German artist named Max Siedentopf has added to the canon of Great Works an installation art piece that will play the song on loop for the entire foreseeable future, in the middle of the Namib Desert.
The installation includes six solar-powered speakers that will play Toto's Africa on loop, from an MP3 player, for the rest of time, or until somebody destroys or steals it. The installation sits in a desolate part of the Namib, where nobody will likely hear it.
The song has had a resurgence in popularity recently. A British music venue recently played the song on loop for twelve hours in a fundraising stunt. A Burger King had promised / threatened to play the song for an entire business day, as well.
Siedentopf's website reads:
"Set in the Namib desert, which is not only the oldest desert in Africa but the world, I set up a sound installation which pays tribute to probably the most popular song of the last four decades:
Toto - Africa
The sound installation consists of 6 speakers which are attached to an MP3 player that only has one song on it - Toto’s Africa. The song is put on loop and the installation runs on solar batteries to keep Toto going for all eternity."
If you can't make it out to the Namib Desert to hear Toto's Africa on loop for hours at a time, you can also attend "any karaoke night."