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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."
Rosanne talks about the journey that inspired her songs on her album The River & the Thread
, including a stop at the Tallahatchie Bridge.
The "Midnight At The Oasis" singer is an Old Time gal.
Al Jourgensen of Ministry
In the name of song explanation, Al talks about scoring heroin for William Burroughs, and that's not even the most shocking story in this one.