Hitmakers: David Paich reveals the secrets behind Toto's Africa

James Hanley

We thought we had written all the songs we needed for Toto IV: We had Rosanna and Make Believe, and we thought we had the makings of a great album. But then I got this new instrument called the CS-80 [synthesiser] from Yamaha - it was one half of what Stevie Wonder called ‘The Dream Machine’ - and it’s a very special sounding instrument. You can hear it at the beginning of Africa.

I had an idea for the lyric ...

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