The song was written by band members David Paich and Jeff Porcaro. Critics praised its composition and Toto's performances. The song reached number one on the United States' Billboard Hot chart and is the band's only Billboard number one. The song was at the top for a single week, the one ending February 5, The song was accompanied by a music video, which premiered in , and was directed by Steve Barron , who collaborated previously with the group for " Rosanna ". The video features Toto in a library, as they perform and showcase various aspects of African culture. While popular in the s and s, with the song being certified gold by the RIAA in , "Africa" saw a resurgence in popularity via social media during the mid- to late s,    including a fan-requested cover by American rock band Weezer which peaked at number 51 on the Billboard Hot The initial idea and lyrics for the song came from David Paich. Paich was playing around with a new keyboard, the CS ,  and found the brassy sound that became the opening riff. He completed the melody and lyrics for the chorus in about ten minutes, much to Paich's surprise.
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They play it at weddings, Christmas parties, proms, and probably the occasional funeral as well. Toto's beloved 80s jam "Africa" inspires universal adoration like few others - a beautiful, sincere, unironic love. There's a bot that tweets the lyrics on a regular basis. There's even a website where the official "Africa" music video is on a loop, forever.
Africa as a continent is not only attractive but it is also inspiring. A lot of artists have created songs that talk about Africa in an attempt to create a fostering connection with the African heritage. Africa has a rich heritage which has been highlighted severally in movies. That said, some artists have sang songs that are purely about Africa. Here is a list of the 10 most famous songs written about Africa. Graham Nash wrote the song Marrakesh Express after visiting Morrocco. During his trip through Morocco, Graham used a train and he was fascinated by the views. Inspired by the beauty and uniqueness of the trip, Graham Nash wrote the song Marrakesh Express where he sings about the trip. In the song he highlights animal carpet wall to wall, ducks and pigs and chickens call as well as stripped djellabas we can wear at home, charming cobras in the square and colored cottons that hang in the air.