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."
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.