Africa chords

by Toto

Africa was written by David Paich & Jeff Porcaro from the band Africa. The song was recorded on Oct 25th, 1981 and the single released in Sept, 1982 from the album Toto1V.

Music: Key of B Major in 4/4 time at 92 bpm (♩)
Chords: A, B, C#m, D, D#m, E, F#m, G#m
If you are finding the timing a little difficult, we have the first 8 bars of sheet music below - 3rd tab.
Toto

Africa by Toto

Intro: 4/4
              1& 2& 3 &    4&     1& 2& 3& 4&
          ||: A       G#m  C#m  | C#m        :|| ...x4

  B                 D#m           G#m
1. I hear the drums ech-o-ing to-night
                    A                C#m           G#m    | A    G#m  C#m |
   She hears on-ly whis-pers of some qui-et con-ver-sa-a-a-tion
  B              D#m       G#m
   She’s com-in’ in 12-30 flight
                          A                   C#m                G#m    | A  G#m  C#m  |
   The moonlit wings ref-lect the stars that guide me towards sal-va-a-a-tion


  B              D#m               G#m
2. I stop-ped an old man a-long the way
                         A                C#m              G#m    | A    G#m  C#m  |
   Ho-ping to find some long for-got-ten words or anc-ient me-e-lo-dies
  B              D#m         G#m
   He turn-ed to me as if to say
                     | A                    G#m  C#m  |   C#m    |
   Hur-ry boy___ It’s wait-ing there for you


     F#m               D                A        E
Chorus: Gon-na take a lot to drag me a-way from you
     F#m                         D               A               E
        There’s noth-ing that a hund-red men or more could e-ver do
     F#m              D           A       E
        I bless the rains down in A-A-fri-ca
     F#m                  D               A              C#m    E     F#m  E    A
        Gon-na take some time to do the things we nev-er ha-a-a-a-a-a-ad   Oo-(Hoo)

            1& 2& 3 &    4&     1& 2& 3& 4&
       ||:  A       G#m  C#m  | C#m        :||... x2
          (Hoo)

  B              D#m             G#m
3. The wild dogs cry out in the night
                           A                C#m         G#m    | A    G#m  C#m  | 
   As they grow rest-less long-ing for some sol-i-ta-ry co-om-pa-ny
  B           D#m                G#m
   I know that I must do what’s right
                               A             C#m               G#m      | A  G#m  C#m  |
   As sure as Kil-i-man-ja-ro ris-es like Ol-ym-pus a-bove the Ser-en-get-ti

  B          D#m                 G#m
** I seek to cure what’s deep in-side
                       | A                    G#m  C#m  |   C#m    |
   Fright-ened of this thing that I’ve be-come

     F#m                    D                A        E
Chorus: It’s gon-na take a lot to drag me a-way from you
     F#m                         D               A               E
        There's noth-ing that a hund-red men or more could e-ver do
     F#m              D           A       E
        I bless the rains down in A-A-fri-ca
     F#m                  D               A              C#m    E     F#m   E    A
        Gon-na take some time to do the things we nev-er ha-a-a-a-a-a-ad___ Oo-(Hoo)

            1& 2& 3 &    4&     1& 2& 3& 4&
       ||:  A       G#m  C#m  | C#m        :||... x2
          (Hoo)

                                               
Instr:                                         2/4
       | B   -   D#m  |  G#m  |  A  -  C#m  |  G#m  | A     G#m  C#m  | B  -  D#m  |


     G#m                      | A                    G#m  C#m  |   C#m    |
     ** Hur-ry boy____  She’s wait-ing there for you 


     F#m               D                A        E
Chorus: Gon-na take a lot to drag me a-way from you
     F#m                         D               A               E
        There’s noth-ing that a hund-red men or more could e-ver do
     F#m              D           A       E
        I bless the rains down in A-A-fri-ca
     F#m              D           A       E
        I bless the rains down in A-A-fri-ca
     F#m              D           A       E
        I bless the rains down in A-A-fri-ca
     F#m              D           A       E
        I bless the rains down in A-A-fri-ca
     F#m              D           A       E
        I bless the rains down in A-A-fri-ca
     F#m                  D               A              C#m    E     F#m   E    A
        Gon-na take some time to do the things we nev-er ha-a-a-a-a-a-ad___ Oo-(Hoo)

           1& 2& 3 &    4&     1& 2& 3& 4& 
       ||: A       G#m  C#m  | C#m        :|| 
         (Hoo)                             ... repeat to fade
   

B Major

Red Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4: Fingers/Notes
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: don't play string

Right Handed Chord Tabs
            A                 B                  C#m               D#m
    e |---|---|---|   e |-1-|---|-----|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|
    B |---|-3-|---|   B |-1-|---|-4-3-|   B |-1-|-2-|---|   B |-1-|-2-|---|
    G |---|-2-|---|   G |-1-|---|-3-3-|   G |-1-|---|-4-|   G |-1-|---|-4-|
    D |---|-1-|---|   D |-1-|---|-2-3-|   D |-1-|---|-3-|   D |-1-|---|-3-|
    A |---|---|---|   A |-1-|---|-----|   A |-1-|---|---|   A |-1-|---|---|
    E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|-----|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3         2   3   4           4   5   6         6   7   8

            D                 E                F#m               G#m
    e |---|-2-|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|
    B |---|---|-3-|   B |---|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|
    G |---|-1-|---|   G |-1-|---|---|   G |-1-|---|---|   G |-1-|---|---|
    D |---|---|---|   D |---|-3-|---|   D |-1-|---|-4-|   D |-1-|---|-4-|
    A |---|---|---|x  A |---|-2-|---|   A |-1-|---|-3-|   A |-1-|---|-3-|
    E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|   E |-1-|---|---|   E |-1-|---|---|
Frets   1   2   3         1   2   3         2   3   4         4   5   6

Left Handed Chord Tabs
          A                   B                C#m               D#m
    |---|---|---| e   |-----|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e
    |---|-3-|---| B   |-3-4-|---|-1-| B   |---|-2-|-1-| B   |---|-2-|-1-| B
    |---|-2-|---| G   |-3-3-|---|-1-| G   |-4-|---|-1-| G   |-4-|---|-1-| G
    |---|-1-|---| D   |-3-2-|---|-1-| D   |-3-|---|-1-| D   |-3-|---|-1-| D
    |---|---|---| A   |-----|---|-1-| A   |---|---|-1-| A   |---|---|-1-| A
   x|---|---|---| E  x|-----|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E
      3   2   1           4   3   2         6   5   4         8   7   6   Frets
      
          D                 E                F#m               G#m
    |---|-2-|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e
    |---|---|-3-| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|-1-| B
    |---|-1-|---| G   |---|---|-1-| G   |---|---|-1-| G   |---|---|-1-| G
    |---|---|---| D   |---|-3-|---| D   |-4-|---|-1-| D   |-4-|---|-1-| D
   x|---|---|---| A   |---|-2-|---| A   |-3-|---|-1-| A   |-3-|---|-1-| A
   x|---|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E   |---|---|-1-| E   |---|---|-1-| E
      3   2   1         3   2   1         4   3   2         6   5   4   Frets
      
* Please Note: The B Chord has 2 options - use fingers 2,3 and 4 to play 
  the strings or use your 3rd finger to play a mini-barre over the strings.  
    

Notes

Introduction - First 8 bars:

This snippet of the introduction will give you a closer look at the timing and where the chord changes occur if you find the song sheet above a little confusing... hope this helps.

Africa by Toto

Africa Introduction Music Score
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