Mandinka

Album: The Lion and the Cobra (1987)
Charted: 17

Songfacts®:

  • 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."

Comments: 3

  • Biff from Cincinnati, OhI 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.
  • Mike from Santa Barbara, CaThis single was O'Connor's breakout hit.
  • Anne from New Brunswick, NjOne of my favorite songs of all time.
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