Majora’s Mask Instruments Perfectly Covers Africa by Toto in-game
A fan has posted a video showing off his musical talent as he combines the sounds of different instruments in Majora’s Mask to recreate Toto’s “Africa”.
A fan of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask used the game’s playable instruments to cover Toto’s single “Africa”. The classic Nintendo 2000 action-adventure video game has gained such a cult following over the years that fans still routinely create fan art based on the game. For example, a fan of Majora’s Mask recreated Final Fantasy 7Cover art featuring Link on the front.
One of the most interesting features of Majora’s Mask is that it allows Link to transform into a non-Hylian species using a mask. By playing the “Song of Healing” taught to him by the Happy Mask Vendor, Link can acquire these magic masks. Wearing the masks triggers a mechanic that enhances gameplay by developing Link’s abilities. With the Goron mask, Link gains special abilities like riding at high speed while with the Zora mask, Link can swim faster and even walk on water. The Deku Mask turns Link into a Deku Scrub and allows him to shoot bubbles and perform a spin attack. Although these masks help the hero on his journey to save Termina, they are actually masks that contain the sprints of dead NPCs in Majora’s Mask. But using the masks, Link can transform into these species and even play several different instruments.
As reported by Polygona YouTuber who goes by the username Bigfatfrown posted a video on his YouTube channel showing off his musical talent by combining the sounds of different instruments in Majora’s Mask to recreate Toto’s “Africa”. As himself, Goron Link, Zora Link, and the Deku Scrub, Link plays multiple instruments which were incorporated into a video compiled to the tune of the 1980s hit. Bigfatfrown uses bongos, drums, and guitar to provide the background instrumental while the Deku pipes mimic the voice singing the lyrics.
It’s quite amazing that Bigfatfrown is able to so accurately recreate “Africa” using only four different instruments found in the game. The Deku pipes that Link uses in Majora’s Mask once he transforms into Deku Link, he has an incredibly wide range of sounds that can imitate the voice of the song. What’s equally interesting is that the song’s pop sound works so well with instruments in a set that has a relatively dark tone. In fact, Bigfatfrown also recreated the equally upbeat chorus of A-ha’s “Take On Me.”
Given the obvious range that the instruments in The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask have, it seems likely that a wide range of music could theoretically be recreated in a similar way. Maybe Bigfatfrown will recreate a full version of “Take On Me” in the future, or take another hit from the 1980s.
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Sources: Polygon, Bigfatfrown/YouTube
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