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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.]


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

An R&B band that only played pop to get on the charts, Manfred Mann and its various permutations ranked among the most adept British Invasion acts in both styles. South African-born keyboardist Manfred Mann was originally an aspiring jazz player, moving toward R&B when more blues-oriented sounds became in vogue in England in the early '60s. Original Manfred Mann singer Paul Jones was one of the best British Invasion singers, and his resonant vocals were the best feature of their early R&B sides,...
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Somewhere In Afrika (Remastered), Manfred Mann's Earth Band
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  • €8.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Pop/Rock
  • Released: 1983

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