Best Cover Versions of “Africa” (by Toto)

What a wonderful song this is, eh? I’m not the only one who thinks so. Much like Yesterday or Hallelujah, everyone wants to take a crack at covering it. Here are three of my favorite versions.

Mike Masse and Jeff Hall: This duo has several great covers, getting a lot out of two instruments and beautiful vocal harmonies. As a sidenote, how impressive is Google? I found this quickly by searching on “africa cover those two old guys at a bar”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLrC7e3vSv8

Andy McKee: I have several of his tracks. It is important to note, this does not have any overdubs. He does it all with two-handed tapping, harmonics, and all around skill.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHFcg1Bg83w

Angel City Chorale: If you watch only one of these videos, make it this one. I have no idea what the Angel City Chorale is, but I love ‘em. Inventive, joyous, filled with power, it just nails it. Try playing this for someone without telling them what song it is first. I guarantee you’ll get a big smile out of them when the vocals hit and they’ll stay until the end.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c9-poC5HGw

Readers, do you have any others?

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