Memeaversary: 'Africa' by Toto

The classic rock-song-turned-meme, sung by a Jewish dude, celebrates an important milestone.

If you’re lucky, you get remembered by the history books. If you’re luckier, you get turned into a meme.

 

The term for such a humorous items that spreads on the Internet and becomes a viral phenomenon once was limited to a small rubric frame of reference, but memes have evolved to include anything and everything. For example: people, events, hand signals, movies, TV shows, sound bites, relatable images, songs, and much, much more.

 

One of the latest popular memes floating on the Web is an obsession with the song “Africa” by the rock band Toto. This week, the ballad about the titular continent celebrated its 35th anniversary of hitting No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, reflected by Facebook pages like “I Bless The Memes Down in Africa.”

 

 

 

 

Written by David Paich (keyboardist and vocalist) and Jeff Porcaro (drummer), the 1982-released song tells the story of a person who flies to Africa in order to meet a lonely missionary. Paich, who had attended Catholic school as a kid, heard of Christian missionaries working on the continent, which reportedly led to the line,  “I Bless The Rains Down in Africa.”

 

Despite the song’s blatantly non-Jewish inspiration, its vocals were partly handled by Toto frontman Bobby Kimball, who is actually part Jewish. So, next time “Africa” comes on in some bar or at a party, make sure you also say a Shehecheyanu.

 

 

 

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Me every day From Africa Memes For Toto Teens

Posted by I Bless The Memes Down In Africa on Thursday, February 1, 2018

 

 

Toto - Africa (Vocals 1 Step Out of Key & Off Beat)

Toto - Africa (Vocals 1 Step Out of Key & Off Beat) Credit to Pluffnub on YouTube

Posted by I Bless The Memes Down In Africa on Tuesday, January 30, 2018

 

 

SpongeAfrica SquareToto

Credit to ChrisKogos on YouTube

Posted by I Bless The Memes Down In Africa on Tuesday, December 5, 2017

 

 

The Floppotron: Toto - Africa

This absolute madman programmed 64 floppy discs to play Africa by Toto! Credit to Paweł Zadrożniak on YouTube!

Posted by I Bless The Memes Down In Africa on Tuesday, January 23, 2018

 

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