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Video killed the radio star but memes brought them back from the dead

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13.01.2019

I knew something was up when my 11-year-old son started asking about me about Toto.
"You mean the band?" I asked, more than a bit confused. "From the eighties?"

That’d be the one. It turns out that their 35-year-old song Africa, a hit that co-writer Jeff Porcaro once described as the efforts of "a white boy trying to write a song on Africa, but since he’s never been there, he can only tell from what he’s seen on TV", had been "memed", plucked from its coma-like state and born all over again as an anthem for Generation Online.

Pop relics rebirthed ... Toto.Credit:ELENA DI VINCENZO / Alamy Stock Photo

Before you could........

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