Understanding Toto’s Africa


Do you hear the drums echo in the night, or do you hear only whispers of some quiet conversation? Either way, we’re taking a look at one of the most famous songs on the internet, Africa, by Toto. It sounds simple, but Toto was full of brilliant session musicians, and they managed to bury a lot of really clever touches in it, including possibly the most interesting piece of harmony we’ve looked at yet. Plus, it’s got one of the most iconic riffs of all time, so that’s pretty cool.


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Africa music video: https://youtu.be/FTQbiNvZqaY
Functional Harmony video: https://youtu.be/Ot_lbUcb-uE
Modal Interchange video: https://youtu.be/JtRvGL-fJmY
Secondary Function video: https://youtu.be/keY3Dk3RC70
Otherside video: https://youtu.be/U0lI0lfCK-E

Script: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lgTKTsBlnANWqt6YGa0i9wrN7Z6zohIlVL3f_tsLxys/edit?usp=sharing


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