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Mandinka by Sinéad O'Connor

Album: The Lion and the CobraReleased: 1987Charted:
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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