It Began in Afrika

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For the Electronic Battle Weapon version, see EBW 5
"It Began In Afrika"
Single by The Chemical Brothers
from the album Come with Us
B-side "Hot Acid Rhythm 1"
Released 10 September 2001 (2001-09-10)
Format CD, 12", cassette
Recorded 2001
Genre House
Length 8:39 (single version)
6:16 (album version)
3:35 (radio edit)
Label Freestyle Dust, Virgin, Astralwerks
Producer(s) The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers singles chronology
"Music: Response"
"It Began in Afrika"
"Star Guitar"

"It Began in Afrika" is a song by British electronic music duo The Chemical Brothers. It was released as the first single from their fourth album Come with Us on September 10, 2001. Originally named "Electronic Battle Weapon 5" to DJs, "It Began in Afrika" became a hit in clubs and was renamed for its official release. The song contains vocal samples from the track "Drumbeat" by American musician Jim Ingram.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD/cassette / US CD / Europe CD
  1. "It Began in Afrika" (radio edit) – 3:35
  2. "It Began in Afrika" – 8:39
  3. "Hot Acid Rhythm 1" – 5:04
UK 12"
  1. "It Began in Afrika" – 8:39
  2. "Hot Acid Rhythm 1" – 5:04


Chart (2001) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[1] 46
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[2] 11
France (SNEP)[3] 69
Italy (FIMI)[4] 13
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[5] 49
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[6] 89
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 8
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[8] 1

Release history[edit]

Region Release date Label Format Catalogue
UK 10 September 2001 Freestyle Dust CD CHEMSD12
12" CHEMST12
cassette CHEMSC12
USA 11 September 2001 Astralwerks CD ASW38798-2
Japan 3 October 2001 Virgin Japan CD VJCP-12148

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