Select a track from spotify. Toto IV Album Added by Bastien. Africa written by David Paich , Jeff Porcaro instrumental. Africa written by Karl Wolf English.
Toto: how we made Africa
Back in May, the rock band Weezer released a cover of the song "Africa," which was a hit back in for the yacht rock band Toto. But, in our opinion, it's not a very good cover. So, we wanted to break down how Weezer went so wrong with this song, while also looking at what makes a great cover song. Plus, it's an excuse to listen to some of our favorite covers of all time. Melissa Ferrick , musician and associate professor of songwriting at Berklee College of Music. I love Weezer. But, I can't believe this happened. I've really been upset about this cover for a while.
Check them out below. In December , a Cleveland-area teenager created a Twitter account calling for Weezer to cover "Africa. The singer-songwriter had frequently covered "Africa" in concert in the early '00s, accompanied solely by his acoustic guitar. The album featured "Collide," which reached No. Hailing from Stuttgart, Germany, Pyogenesis helped popularize gothic metal in their home country. Lowry came out of New York's "anti-folk" movement in the late '90s. Myron Avant, who only uses his last name professionally, topped the U. They released "Africa" on their debut record, which featured original songs as well as new arrangements of the Red Hot Chili Peppers ' "Under the Bridge" and Blackstreet 's "No Diggity. Swedish DJ Bacall had a No.
The song was written by band members David Paich and Jeff Porcaro. Critics praised its composition and Toto's performances. The song reached number one on the United States' Billboard Hot chart and is the band's only Billboard number one. The song was at the top for a single week, the one ending February 5, The song was accompanied by a music video, which premiered in , and was directed by Steve Barron , who collaborated previously with the group for " Rosanna ". The video features Toto in a library, as they perform and showcase various aspects of African culture. While popular in the s and s, with the song being certified gold by the RIAA in , "Africa" saw a resurgence in popularity via social media during the mid- to late s,    including a fan-requested cover by American rock band Weezer which peaked at number 51 on the Billboard Hot The initial idea and lyrics for the song came from David Paich. Paich was playing around with a new keyboard, the CS ,  and found the brassy sound that became the opening riff. He completed the melody and lyrics for the chorus in about ten minutes, much to Paich's surprise.