Mandinka (song)

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Single by Sinéad O'Connor
from the album The Lion and the Cobra
Released 1 December 1987
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, CD single
Recorded 1986-1987
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:46
Label Chrysalis
Writer(s) Sinéad O'Connor
Producer(s) Sinéad O'Connor
Kevin Mooney
Sinéad O'Connor singles chronology
"I Want Your (Hands on Me)"

"Mandinka" is a song by Sinéad O'Connor from her 1987 album The Lion and the Cobra.[1]

The video for "Mandinka" was shown heavily after debuting 24 January 1988 on 120 Minutes on MTV. The single was a mainstream pop hit in the UK, peaking at #17 in the singles chart, #6 in her native Ireland, #24 in The Netherlands, #26 in Belgium, #18 in New Zealand and #39 in Australia.

The single was a big college radio hit in the US. In 1988, O'Connor sang "Mandinka" on Late Night with David Letterman,[2] in what was her first US network television appearance.

Sinéad also sang the song live at the 1989 Grammy Awards.

In an interview in The Tech, 12 April 1988, O'Connor said: "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."