Fans can now listen to Rapper Pitbull remake of Toto’s ‘80s hit "Africa" featured on the Aquaman soundtrack. The latest entry in the DCEU, starring Jason Momoa as the titular Aquaman, is already off to a great start after raking in nearly $100 million in its first weekend in China.
It remains to be seen if Aquaman will be enough of a hit in the United State to revive the DCEU, as the future of which has been up in the air since the relative failure of last year’s Justice League. That said, if the Chinese box office and early reviews are any indication, it seems as though Aquaman is well on its way to a successful theatrical run, likely earning itself a sequel as well, though director James Wan has not yet signed on to do any more films in the series. As for now, its official soundtrack has revealed a new cover song from Pitbull that is featured during a pivotal scene in the movie.
With Aquaman getting set to arrive in North America over the Christmas holiday, a song from the movie’s soundtrack has been released that has a lot of people talking. Rapper Pitbull is responsible for the track, called “Ocean to Ocean,” which is a semi-remake of the classic Toto song “Africa” (via WaterTower Music). Given that the tone of Aquaman was inspired by ‘80s filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and Tim Burton, it makes sense that the lead single off the soundtrack would also be inspired by an ‘80s favorite. Hear the full track below:
The original “Africa” was released by the band Toto on their 1982 album Toto IV, becoming a massive hit and reaching number 1 on the billboard charts in 1983. At the time, Toto’s music was dismissed by many as watered-down radio-friendly pop-rock, but over the years the band has seen a resurgence in popularity linked to '80s nostalgia. A recent cover of "Africa" by the band Weezer got a lot of people talking, but Pitbull’s version of the song is proving to be even more controversial, with many Toto fans taking to social media to criticize it.
At the very least, the cheesiness of Pitbull’s take on "Africa" is in keeping with the overall tone of Aquaman, which is definitely a lot less serious than previous DCEU films. That being said, Jason Momoa has gone on record as saying he hopes the DCEU doesn’t move entirely away from the more serious universe established by Zack Snyder, though it does appear that Warner Bros. and DC are trying to get away from the “dark” Snyder tone that proved to be so divisive in films like Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Future DC movies like Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) and Shazam! look to be more outright comical than anything the studios have done before. With its “fun” and “weird” tone inspired by ‘80s movies, Aquaman could prove to be the pivot point that sends the DCEU on a new, much less serious course.
Source: WaterTower Music
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
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- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) release date: Feb 07, 2020
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) release date: Jun 05, 2020