Check out how different tones totally change Toto’s ‘Africa’
Pretty much everyone has heard Toto’s 1982 hit “Africa.”
If you don’t think you have, you probably just need to hear the line, “I bless the rains down in Africa” and it will be stuck in your head.
We’re not here to tell you about the song’s sticking power — both on the charts and in your brain — but instead the massive effect a change in tones has on the song.
YouTuber Seth Everman decided to play the hit on his synthesizer, but used all the different sound effects on it.
That includes dog barks.
The way the song changes with each settings switch is pretty awesome. When it is played by a bunch of brass instruments, for example, it sounds like something straight out of a “Rocky” movie.
We also liked the R&B and techno versions because they sounded like a nifty cover you might hear in that dive bar you like.
But the elevator music — it sounded like a bad organ payer at a minor league baseball game — and the dogs — it’s a bunch of dumb dog sound effects, what did you expect? — were just plain awful.
Our favorite was the steel drum effect. It just had a really cool rhythm to it that had us bobbing our heads.
Basically, the motto of the story is “Africa” is a pretty rocking song that translates to a lot of music types.
Just ask Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, who’s own take on the song went viral last year.