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Toto's 'Africa' To Play In The Namib Desert Until The End Of Time

It would be easy to pass off the sound of music playing in the distance an hallucination if you were trekking through the Namib Desert.

But, there is now a chance hearing music in the desert isn't an invention of the imagination, but the product of an art installation.

Namibian artist Max Siedentopf's latest work pays homage to the 1982 hit 'Africa' by Toto by playing it on repeat in one of the most remote locations of the continent it glorified.

The art installation consists of seven white pillars that are placed in the sand. The song is blasted from speakers on top of six pillars, powered by solar-powered batteries. The pillar in the centre is home to the MP3 player that has just one song loaded onto it.

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"Set in the Namib desert, which is not only the oldest desert in Africa but the world, I set up a sound installation which pays tribute to probably the most popular song of the last four decades: Toto -- Africa," Siedentopf wrote on Instagram.

"The song is put on loop and the installation runs on solar batteries to keep Toto going for all eternity."

The exact location of the installation has not been disclosed by Siedentopf. He did say it was somewhere in the desert which is about 81 square kilometres in size.

So, needless to say, you'd be searching for a while.

The desert is located on the coast of Namibia.  Image: Google Maps

Its mysterious location means the song will truly play until the desert eventually erodes the work.

Toto's Africa was released in 1982. The official video for the song has more then 440 million views on Youtube.

Featured Image: Instagram/Max Siedentopf

Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au