Toto on a koto: Africa performed with traditional Japanese instrument


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/12/07/toto-on-a-koto-africa-perform.html


#2

For hard core lovers of Africa I would like to recommend a recent Norflax Oxdun Sidetower which is one of the most annoying/funny things I have ever heard. P.A.R.T.Y. indeed.


#3

Is it just me? I hate this fucking song. So it’s just me then…


#4

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#5

Bless the rains


#6

Its severe overplay in the early 80’s and the kitsch factor for 80’s cheese make it a perfect storm of “I can’t stand this shit anymore”.

It has the worst lyric ever
“As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti”


#7

I don’t know if I hate it, but this certainly feels like a waste of those instruments and the talent of the women playing them.
Hmm, I guess I do hate the song.


#8

Count me on the side of “amused about the resurgence, and tickled by the creativity.” This version was lovely AND nicely punny!


#9

“Those instruments”

Am I the only one annoyed by the steel drum? All kimonos in a traditional wood building, koto, shamisen, fucking steel drum? Why not a damn tuba?


#10

Yeah, it’s not exactly a kane. Though I have to say, if they had used a tuba, that probably would have improved things.


#11

Here’s a better piece of music on a similar instrument.


#12

The first time I actually heard the song, and that lyric, I thought “seriously, you have got to be shitting me!”


#13

I heard / read an interview somewhere where the guys in the band said that “Africa” was just supposed to be a throw-away track on the album, so they didn’t take it seriously, and dumped it oddball lyrics like that just to fill it in.


#14

I’m happy to see the Frog Leap Studios metal cover of “Africa” on that list. I am quite fond of that one.


#15

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