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AFRICA - Instrumental Version

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Uploaded on Jan 13, 2011

Africa
Composer by Toto
Arrangements by Milton Isejima
Musicians
Drums & Percussion: Clayton Perez de Lima
Bass: Erick Massaya H. Isejima
Pan Flute, Shamisen, Strings, Trumpet, Trombone & Guitar: Milton Isejima
City: Sao Paulo
Country: Brazil

NOTE:

Was done a magnificent work on "THE FALL OF GEOGRAPH AND KINGDOM OF KUSH" with Jillian Zuwala and Mr. McDonough.


"Africa" is a song by rock band Toto. The song was included on their 1982 album Toto IV, and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in February 1983 and number three on the UK Singles Chart the same month. The song was written by the band's keyboardist David Paich and drummer Jeff Porcaro. David Paich sings both verses of the song while Bobby Kimball sings lead briefly during the chorus and at the end. Steve Lukather, Bobby and Paich all sing backup as well.

One of Toto's most recognisable songs, "Africa" was almost omitted from the Toto IV record prior to its release. Having spent a great amount of time producing it, the band became so tired of the song that they didn't want it on the album. The song itself was very different from anything the band had done before, and some members felt that it didn't sound like Toto.

"I didn't think it was very good," said Steve Lukather (Classic Rock Revisited, 2003). "That tells you what can happen when we pick our own singles!"

David Paich, who co-wrote the song with Jeff Porcaro, said that it "could have been the beginning of a solo project [for me] because it was so different. I thought I'd save it...[because] world music wasn't around then."

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