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Toto’s “Africa” Drum Fill

Mike Michalkow  /  UPDATED Aug 22, 2022

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I want to show you a drum fill from one of my favorite drummers: Jeff Porcaro. This fill is taken from Toto’s song “Africa”, and I love the use of spacing in it. It’s a nice change to the crazy fills that you see highlighted all the time, and it fits the song perfectly.

Jeff had two variations of the fill, so I’ve covered both of them in the video. Go ahead and download the sheet music so you can follow along. And make sure to leave your comments below!

Mike Michalkow has been teaching drums and percussion for more than 20 years, having studied under master drummers Dom Famularo, Jim Chapin, Chuck Silverman, Thomas Lang, John “JR” Robinson, Peter Magadini, and Virgil Donati. He has a wealth of experience to draw from, having played in various original and cover bands, working on a popular cruise line as the orchestra drummer, and recording with songwriters and bands with styles ranging from prog-rock, Latin, jazz, blues, pop, folk, and celtic to country, metal, and R&B. Mike’s comprehensive teaching methods have helped thousands of drummers around the world reach their goals through his best-selling training packs including The Drumming System, Jazz Drumming System, Latin Drumming System, Moeller Method Secrets, and Total Rock Drummer.

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