Toto is just one of those bands that are pure gold.
Steve Lukather is one of my all-time favorite guitarists.
Bobby Kimball (lead vocalist) has always been warm and gracious with me as a friend.
Toto keyboard player David Paich wrote the song, and explained in the liner notes of Toto’s Best Ballads compilation: “At the beginning of the ’80s I watched a late night documentary on TV about all the terrible death and suffering of the people in Africa. It both moved and appalled me and the pictures just wouldn’t leave my head. I tried to imagine how I’d feel about if I was there and what I’d do.” Paich had never been to Africa when he wrote the song.
However with lyrics like: “I seek to cure what’s deep inside, frightened of this thing that I’ve become,” David Paich explained: “There’s a metaphor involved here, because I was at the age where I was so immersed in my work, 24/7, that at times I felt like I was enslaved to my work, not having time to go out and pursue getting married and raising a family and doing all the things that other people do that were my age at the time.”
In an article in Time magazine, one of the group members said they were looking for a song just to close off the album and did not think “Africa” would do as well as it did. They also mentioned that if you listen close enough during the lyrics “catch some waves,” some group members were singing “catch some rays.” ha ha.
Nonetheless, I love the song and wanted to give it the love it deserves.
I hope you like it as much as I do!
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