Behind the project is the namibian-German artist Max Siedentopf, who have created the work as a tribute to the song. The six large white speakers powered by solar panels and Siedentopf hope that the song will be played in at least 55 million years – as long as the desert is old. He admits, however, that the harsh environment of the desert will probably destroy the piece to the end of the year.
is placed leaves to the artist the most hardcore Toto fans to figure out, something that can be a real challenge given that the namib desert is about 80 000 square kilometers.
Mjukrocksingeln "Africa" was released in 1982 and the video currently has over 440 million views on Youtube. In recent years, the song gained a resurgence in popular culture and has become viral in the form of various "memes" and covers, like last year, when the rock band Weezer, released an acclaimed interpretation of the classic.