Africa

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"Africa"
Africa cover
Single by Weezer
Album Weezer (The Teal Album)
Released May 29, 2018
Format digital, 7" vinyl
Recorded May 2018
Length 3:56
Writer(s) David Paich, Jeff Porcaro
Producer Pat Wilson
Status Officially released
Live debut June 11, 2018
Stream Play on spotify.png Spotify
Play on Apple Music.png Apple Music
Weezer singles chronology
"Rosanna"
(2018)
"Africa"
(2018)
"California Snow"
(2018)
Weezer (The Teal Album) track listing
"Africa
(1)
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World"
(2)

Africa is a single released by Weezer. It's a cover of Toto's #1 hit from 1982. It was also released as the first track on "Weezer (The Teal Album)".

Overview

In December 2017, Twitter user "@WeezerAfrica," run by 14-year-old Cleveland, Ohio resident Mary Klym, tweeted, "@RiversCuomo it's about time you bless the rains down in Africa." After much back-and-forth between Mary and Pat Wilson, the band released a cover of Toto's "Rosanna" instead, as a digital download, on May 24th, 2018. The band would, in fact, release a cover of "Africa" days later, on May 29th.

A limited edition 7-inch vinyl pressing was released by Weezer in July 2018 and sold exclusively through the store Urban Outfitters. The pressing was limited to 1500 copies. A picture disc vinyl was also released for Black Friday 2018 and limited to 3000 copies. Both releases feature "Rosanna" as a b-side.

A music video starring "Weird Al" Yankovic was released on September 24, 2018. On September 27, Weezer released a remix of the song by Portuguese DJ RAC. On January 24, 2019, Weezer surprise-released a self-titled album of cover songs ("The Teal Album") with "Africa" as the first track. In April of 2019, an instrumental version of the track was leaked online.

"Africa" was the band's first Hot 100 hit since "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To" in 2009. "Africa" reached number 51 on the Hot 100 and peaked at number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in August 2018, becoming the band's first number-one single since "Pork and Beans" in 2008.

The band Toto responded to Weezer's cover by releasing a cover of "Hash Pipe" on August 9th, 2018.

Audio/video

Music video

Audio

Track listings

Digital single

  1. "Africa" - 3:56

Urban Outfitters exclusive 7" (transparent green vinyl)

  1. "Africa" - 3:56
  2. "Rosanna" - 4:52

Black Friday 2018 exclusive 7" (picture disc)

  1. "Africa" - 3:56
  2. "Rosanna" - 4:52

Lyrics

I hear the drums echoing tonight
But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation
She's coming in, 12:30 flight
The moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me towards salvation
I stopped an old man along the way
Hoping to find some long forgotten words or ancient melodies
He turned to me as if to say, "Hurry boy, it's waiting there for you"

It's gonna take a lot to take me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless, longing for some solitary company
I know that I must do what's right
As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti
I seek to cure what's deep inside, frightened of this thing that I've become

It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

Hurry boy, she's waiting there for you
It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa
(I bless the rain)
I bless the rains down in Africa
(I bless the rain)
I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa
(Ah, gonna take the time)
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

See also