Somewhere in Afrika

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Somewhere in Afrika
Somewhere In Afrika.jpg
Studio album by
Released18 February 1983
Recorded1981-1982
StudioMastersounds
Underhill Studios, London
GenreRock
Hard rock
Progressive rock
Length37:22
LabelBronze (UK original release)
Cohesion (UK 1999 reissue)
Arista (U.S.)
ProducerManfred Mann
Manfred Mann's Earth Band chronology
Chance
(1980)
Somewhere in Afrika
(1983)
Budapest Live
(1984)
Singles from Somewhere in Afrika
  1. "Eyes Of Nostradamus"
    Released: March 12, 1982
  2. "Redemption Song (No Kwazulu)"
    Released: June, 1982
  3. "Tribal Statistics"
    Released: November, 1982
  4. "Demolition Man"
    Released: January, 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.0/5 stars[1]

Somewhere in Afrika is the eleventh album by Manfred Mann's Earth Band, released in 1983. It is their last studio album recorded for their long time record label Bronze Records. They would record their next studio album, Criminal Tango for Virgin Records. Bassist Matt Irving joined the band, replacing Pat King for this album.

Track listing[edit]

UK version[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Tribal Statistics" (Andy Qunta) – 4:16
  2. "Eyes of Nostradamus" (Al Stewart) – 3:28
  3. "Third World Service" (Anthony Moore) – 5:18
  4. "Demolition Man" (Sting) – 3:45
  5. "Brothers and Sisters of Azania" (Manfred Mann) – 2:46

Side two[edit]

  1. "Africa Suite" (Mann, Matt Irving, John Lingwood) – 8:36
    a) "Brothers and Sisters of Africa" (Mann) – 3:06
    b) "To Bantustan?" (Mann) – 2:36
    c) "Koze Kobenini? (How Long Must We Wait?)" (Mann, Irving) – 1:26
    d) "Lalela" (Mann, Lingwood) – 1:31
  2. "Redemption Song (No Kwazulu)" (Bob Marley) – 7:35
  3. "Somewhere in Africa" (Traditional; arranged by Mann and Lingwood) – 1:38

Bonus Tracks (1999 CD re-issue)[edit]

  1. "War Dream" (Mann, Lingwood, Steve Waller, Irving, Shona Laing) – 3:08
  2. "Holiday's Dream" (Mann, Irving, Lingwood, Waller) – 2:40
  3. "Redemption Song" (single version) (Bob Marley) – 4:14
  4. "Eyes of Nostradamus" (12" single version) (Stewart) – 4:42
  5. "Demolition Man" (single version/alternate mix) (Sumner) – 3:44

US version[edit]

The North American version of Somewhere in Afrika was reordered, and was substantially different from the European version. Several tracks were added, while others were altered or edited.

Added to the line-up were the songs "Runner" (the band's final Top 40 hit in the US to date) and "Rebel". "Runner" was included in the soundtracks of the films, The Philadelphia Experiment (1984) and Firstborn (1984). "Africa Suite" was altered to feature a completely different final section called "Brothers and Sisters of Azania" (which had appeared as a separate track on the European LP); the original final section of the suite (known as "Lalela") now appeared as a separate track earlier in the album's running order. Finally, the track "Redemption Song" was cut by over 3 minutes.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Demolition Man" (Sting) – 3:40
  2. "Runner" (Ian Thomas) – 4:40
  3. "Rebel" (Reg Laws) – 3:52
  4. "Eyes of Nostradamus" (Stewart) – 3:28
  5. "Third World Service" (Moore) – 3:24

Side two[edit]

  1. "Somewhere in Africa" (Trad arr Mann, Lingwood) – 1:38
  2. "Tribal Statistics" (Qunta) – 4:16
  3. "Lalela" (Mann, Lingwood) – 1:31
  4. "Redemption Song (No Kwazulu)" (Bob Marley) – 4:11
  5. "Africa Suite" (Mann, Irving, Lingwood) – 9:54
    a) "Brothers and Sisters of Africa" (Mann) – 3:06
    b) "To Bantustan?" (Mann) – 2:36
    c) "Koze Kobenini? (How Long Must We Wait?)" (Mann, Irving) – 1:26
    d) "Brothers and Sisters of Azania" (Mann) – 2:46

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Technical[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ DeGagne, Mike. Somewhere in Afrika at AllMusic

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