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Mandinka

by

Sinéad O'Connor



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Mandinka is a West African tribe notorious for some of its musical traditions.
Sinead O'Connor in an interview in The Tech April 12, 1988: "Mandinkas are an African tribe. They're mentioned in a book called Roots by Alex Haley, which is what the song is about. In order to understand it you must read the book."
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Comments (3):

I saw her perform this song on LN with David Letterman in 1987; from that I went out to get it on tape (it was the 80s) for a roadtrip. Turns out that was her first national tv appearance in the US.
- biff, Cincinnati, OH
This single was O'Connor's breakout hit.
- Mike, Santa Barbara, CA
One of my favorite songs of all time.
- Anne, New Brunswick, NJ
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