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Lesson notes

Africa is a song by the American rock band Toto. It was included on their 1982 album ‘Toto IV’, which earned them a Grammy Award for ‘Album of the Year’.

In this lesson we take a look at how to incorporate the simple, yet effective signature bass riff and an easy way to play through the song.

The progression features double time strumming, many chord changes, a few barre chords and a one measure time signature change in the verses.

An important aspect of the song is of course the vocals. For that, a segment covering the vocal harmony parts for the chorus is included.