Paich censures CBS for playing Toto’s Africa during Mandela tribute
Toto keyboard player David Paich has criticised CBS’ use of his band’s hit Africa during a broadcast of the Nelson Mandela memorial service.
The network’s This Morning show played strains of the band’s 1982 AOR classic over footage of grieving ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela during the late South African president and anti-apartheid campaigner’s Soweto Stadium tribute (see clip below).
Paich told the the Hollywood Reporter:
“CBS This Morning utilised Africa as the audio bed for a segment they aired this morning. As the co-writer of the song, if I had been asked for sync approval, the answer would have been a decline with a recommendation they honour the musicians of South Africa setting their sights on indigenous repertoire.
“This is an important day and both I and Toto have always held a commitment towards supporting initiatives that benefit the populace of South Africa, the continent of Africa and the entire Southern Hemisphere. We honour Nelson Mandela and will continue to support initiatives he committed his life towards.”
TV critic Eric Deggans took to Twitter to echo Paich’s sentiments: “I love CBS This Morning, but couldn’t you end a segment on Mandela’s funeral with real African music instead of Toto’s Africa?”