Africa (Rose Laurens song)

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"Africa"
Single by Rose Laurens
from the album Déraisonnable
B-side "Broken Heart"
Released 1982 (France)
March 1983
Format 7" single, CD maxi
Recorded 1982
Genre Pop
Length 5:00 (album version)
3:28 (single version)
Label WEA
Writer(s) Jean-Michel Bériat,
Jean-Pierre Goussaud,
Elaine Stive
Producer(s) Jean-Pierre Goussaud
Rose Laurens singles chronology
"Pas facile"
(1981)
"Africa"
(1983)
"Mamy Yoko"
(1983)

"Africa", also titled "Africa (Voodoo Master)", is a 1982 song recorded by French singer Rose Laurens. It was one of the singles from her second album Déraisonnable and was released in 1982 in France, and in March 1983 elsewhere. The version available on the 7" is shorter than on the album, as the musical bridge is shortened and there are fewer refrains. It immediately became a smash hit in many countries, reaching the top of the charts. In 1994, a CD maxi of remixes was released, but failed to chart.

In 1993, the song was covered by Powerzone, who released its version as CD maxi and peaked at number 18 in Switzerland and remained in the top 40 for five weeks.[1]

Chart performances[edit]

The single was a commercial success, reaching the top one in Austria, and remained for 16 weeks in the top twenty.[2] In Norway, the single charted for 15 weeks in the top ten, including a peak at number two for two weeks.[3] The song appeared for ten weeks in the top 15 in Switzerland, with a peak at number two.[4] In Germany, "Africa" charted for 23 weeks and peaked at number three in its fourth week.[5]

In France, there was no official singles chart then, but it reached Platinum status with a million copies sold.[6]

Track listings[edit]

  • 7" single
  1. "Africa (Voodoo Master)" — 3:28
  2. "Broken Heart" — 3:43
  • CD maxi - 1994 remixes
  1. "Africa" (remix '94) (Berlin single radio edit) — 3:21
  2. "Africa" (remix '94) (Paris single radio edit) — 3:50
  3. "Africa" (remix '94) (Berlin club mix) — 4:55

Charts and sales[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
France (SNEP)[6] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Moonlight Shadow" by Mike Oldfield
Ö3 Austria Top 40 number-one single
1 October 1983 for two weeks
Succeeded by
"Sunshine Reggae" by Laid Back

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Africa" by Powerzone, Swiss Singles Chart" (in German). Hitparade. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b ""Africa (Voodoo Master)", Austrian Singles Chart" (in German). Austriancharts. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  3. ^ a b ""Africa (Voodoo Master)", Norwegian Singles Chart" (in Norwegian). Norwegiancharts. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  4. ^ a b ""Africa (Voodoo Master)", Swiss Singles Chart" (in German). Hitparade. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  5. ^ a b ""Africa (Voodoo Master)", German singles chart" (in German). Musicline. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "French single certifications – Laurens Rose – Africa" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select LAURENS ROSE and click OK
  7. ^ "1983 Austrian Singles Chart" (in German). Austriancharts. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  8. ^ "1983 Swiss Singles Chart" (in German). Hitparade. Retrieved 7 August 2010.