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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."
His song "Into The Night" is one of the most-played of all time. For Benny, it took him to hell and back.
Van Dyke Parks
U2, Carly Simon, Joanna Newsom, Brian Wilson and Fiona Apple have all gone to Van Dyke Parks to make their songs exceptional.
The country sweetheart opines about the demands of touring and talks about writing songs with her famous father.