Unlike Meryl Streep, the Internet will never, ever be entirely out of Africa, as people keep coming up with new ways to keep Toto’s song “Africa” in our midst, eternally and forever. You cannot escape. You should not want to. There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do to stop it. Mainly because every single one of those hypothetical men is working on his own YouTube cover of “Africa” as we speak.
There needs to be a new Internet rule, perhaps, that describes the notion that the longer an old hit song gains new meme traction online, the closer it comes to absolute certainty that it will eventually be played on sweet potatoes and squash. In a video we first saw at Laughing Squidafter it gained traction on Reddit, professional ocarina carver Pupsi (a.k.a. Toni Patanen) finds the not-forgotten words and only semi-ancient melodies we all know so well. Skip to 1:42 if you want to skip the veggie carving and get straight to the tune, but the carving is something to behold as well.
Pupsi makes fancier ocarinas, hand-crafted from clay in his native Finland, and sells them onlinefor those of you who don’t have the produce to spare. He has done other songs with the contents of his fridge, but they’re less well known: Future’s “Mask Off” and Darude’s “Sandstorm”don’t quite have the same recognition factor, but he is taking requests, and since Internet gonna Internet, we can only assume that “All Star” and “Ice Ice Baby” are inevitable.