Weezer has released a cover of smooth rock icons Toto’s 1982 song “Africa.” The cover comes after some degree of hullabaloo: A fan Twitter account, @weezerafrica, has been hounding the Rivers-Cuomo-led band for months to cover the song. According to an interview with Noisey, the account is run by a 14-year-old who professes to have learned about the song from Netflix’s Stranger Things. In a stunt at the end of last week, Weezer posted a cover of Toto’s slightly less ubiquitous “Rosanna” instead, prompting a somewhat bemused response from @weezerafrica: “#WeezerCoverAfrica turned into #WeezerCoveringRosanna ???” Finally taking pity on their committed fan, Weezer has now delivered a tediously faithful cover of the ’80s hit, parting from the script only to add some very Weezer-esque power chords in the chorus. Hopefully, this will put an end to all this. Listen to their “Toto” cover below.
performs onstage during KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2017 at The Forum on December 10, 2017 in Inglewood, California.