Pitbull has blessed the rains down in Africa with a cover of Toto's 1982 hit for the Aquaman soundtrack. Warner Bros. is getting ready to unleash their latest DC Comics adaptation on the world in the very near future. Amazon Prime members will have the chance to see the movie this weekend early all across the country, while the rest of us have to wait until December 21. To help promote the upcoming release, they've dropped a song from the movie's soundtrack online and it's sure to make people feel all sorts of feelings, good or bad.
The song itself is titled Ocean to Ocean and features pop artist Rhea as well. However, Pitbull sampled much of the background music from Africa for the track and the chorus is ripped directly from the Toto single, a song that the internet has a pretty strong love affair and obsession with. The song appears in Aquaman during a scene when the titular hero, played by Jason Momoa, and Mera (Amber Heard), are wandering the desert. Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, had this to say in a statement to Entertainment Weekly about the song.
"The ocean, the sea and any body of water, to me, is true freedom. The ocean has always been the border from where my parents came from Cuba and the United States, which gives us freedom. That's why I respect water. Bottom line: water gives us freedom."
It's strangely been a big year for Africa, which went number one on the Billboard Hot 100 back in 1983. Weezer also released a cover of the song earlier this year, complete with a video featuring Weird Al Yankovic, after many of their fans pestered them online to do so. In response, Toto covered Weezer's hit Hash Pipe. The actual score was composed by Rupert Gregson-Williams, who also worked on Wonder Woman, and a clip of his work for Aquaman has also been released. Gregson-Williams had this to say about it.
"Writing the themes for the different characters was awesome. Arthur Curry has such a strong character, he's a real rock star, so I felt he deserved a big melody. He gets to rock out for certain intense moments too. Orm is Atlantean, and the score I wrote for Atlantis is in big contrast to the score for the surface world, epic and glorious. Black Manta inspired a more industrial, electronic feel. And, of course, there's romance, two in fact. Atlantis and the entire world James created is truly amazing, giving me such a rich opportunity."
Early buzz on Aquaman has been quite positive so far, which is good for Warner Bros., as there was major pressure to deliver following Justice League last year, which fell short of expectations. Fans who are eager to get a taste of what's to come can pick up the full soundtrack on December 14, which also features a new track by Skylar Grey, Everything I Need, which has also been released online. Be sure to check out Pitbull's take on Africa, as well as the other samplings from the Aquaman soundtrack, from the WaterTower Music YouTube channel below.