Somewhere in Afrika [Bonus Tracks]

Somewhere in Afrika [Bonus Tracks]

by Manfred Mann's Earth Band

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Somewhere in Afrika [Bonus Tracks]

Somewhere in Afrika, an ode to Manfred Mann's home country of South Africa, contains a formula that is atypical of Manfred Mann's Earth Band sound. With rhythms that combine an African flavor with a modern rock feel, Mick Rogers takes over on vocals with the number 22 hit "Runner," released as the album's only single. Tracks such as "Demolition Man" and "Eyes of Nostradamus" are model Earth Band efforts, but the truly compelling material lies in songs such as "Lalela," "Koze Kobenini," and the title track (which conveys Mann's love for his birthplace without sounding overly pretentious or manufactured). The instrumentation is solid and free-flowing, with drums and other percussion work coming to the forefront while maintaining the group's atmosphere as a rock band. Somewhere in Afrika gave Manfred Mann's Earth Band their highest-charting American album since 1976's The Roaring Silence, peaking at number 40, but the tight musicianship and unrestricted layout of the music prove that the album should have placed much higher. [This version of the release contains bonus material.]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/06/2011
Label: Creature Music
UPC: 5019148619147
catalogNumber: 13
Rank: 43434

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Manfred Mann   Primary Artist
Shona Laing   Vocals
Chris Thompson   Vocals
Chief Dawethi   Vocals
Matt Irving   Bass Guitar
John Lingwood   Percussion,Drums
Rufus Sefothoma   Vocals
Steve Waller   Vocals
Jabu Mbalu   Vocals
Fats Mothya   Vocals

Technical Credits

Matt Irving   Programming,Vocal Engineer
John Lingwood   Arranger
Mick Rogers   Material
Robert M. Corich   Liner Notes
Lars Finnstrom   Engineer
Terry Medhurst   Engineer
Martin Poole   Artwork,Cover Art
Traditional   Composer
Andrew Buckle   Artwork
Helen Milner   Material
Andy Taylor   Liner Notes,Sleeve Notes

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