Somewhere in Afrika

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Somewhere in Afrika
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Studio album by Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Released 18 February 1983
Recorded 1981-1982
Studio Mastersounds
Underhill Studios, London
Genre Rock
Hard rock
Progressive rock
Length 37:22
Label Bronze (UK original release)
Cohesion (UK 1999 reissue)
Arista (U.S.)
Producer Manfred Mann
Manfred Mann's Earth Band chronology
Somewhere in Afrika
Budapest Live
(1984)Budapest Live1984
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
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.0/5 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

UK version

Side one

  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

  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)

  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) (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

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 soundtrack of the film, The Philadelphia Experiment (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

  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

  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)" (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





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

External links

  • Somewhere in Afrika at Discogs (list of releases)

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