Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Froze My Brain Up in Canada:' Chilly Manitoba Musician Parodies Toto's 'Africa'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Froze My Brain Up in Canada:' Chilly Manitoba Musician Parodies Toto's 'Africa'

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Frigid weather inspiration for music parody

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OAK LAKE, Man. - It's as if Canadian hosers Bob and Doug McKenzie did a mash-up with Weird Al Yankovic.

Rob Thiessen, an occupational therapist and part-time musician from Oak Lake, Man., and his brother-in-law Joe Kaonga have released a music video parody of the '80s song "Africa" by U.S. rock band Toto.

The new version about Manitoba's recent bone-numbing temperatures had attracted 171,000 views as of early Tuesday afternoon on Thiessen's Facebook page.

"Hey! We're coming to you from Manitoba, Canada, where it is cold outside tonight," says Thiessen, who is wearing a parka and a winter hat with earflaps, as he sits in front of a crackling outdoor fire.

"I'm here with my brother-in-law Joe who is originally from?"

"Zambia," chimes in Kaonga.

"You'll get used to it said no one ever," says Thiessen.

"This cold snap has been just ridiculous and getting way too long. I was recently learning the 'Africa' song by Toto ... and had the song in my head, and was looking out the window at the bitter cold, and kind of feeling miserable. The words just came to me: 'I froze my brain up in Canada,'" Thiessen, 36, explained in a telephone interview. …

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