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Something unexpected in the Namib Desert

German-Namibian artist Max Siedentopf has created an art installation he believes will keep one select song playing forever and ever. 

Somewhere in the dunes of the Namib Desert along the Skeleton Coast, it’s a mystery where, German-Namibian installation artist Max Siedentopf has set up a most unusual exhibit. Six speakers resting on dramatic white plinths are connected up to an MP3 player programmed to play just one song in a continuous loop. The relentless desert sun fuels the installation via solar-powered batteries to attempt to achieve the artist’s aim to keep it going for all eternity.

And which song? Africa by Toto. Of course.

the vast Namib desert by Namibia Tourism
The installation could be anywhere along the 2,000km of desert, which stretches the entire length of the country © Namibia Tourism 

Despite achieving only one week at the top of the US charts and peaking at number 3 in the UK, the song has endured since it was first heard in 1982. Its popularity is evidenced by more than 489 million views on YouTube. One viewer quipped: ‘This song was so good they named a whole continent after it’.

Siedentopf won’t reveal the exact location of the work and has said that it is ‘like a treasure that only the most loyal of Toto fans can find’.

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