Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Somewhere In Afrika - Arista 1983

Somewhere In Afrika - front cover

front cover

Somewhere In Afrika - rear cover

rear cover


Music - 4-1/2 stars

Manfred Mann's Earth Band has produced a large body of very good music that evolved from the British Invasion to the progressive work of the 70's and 80's. The musicianship has always been first rate and their cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Blinded By The Light" is still played on the radio.

This album begins with a cover of Sting's "Demolition Man" followed by the song "Runner" that charted as a single at the time but the real strength of the album is the music about South Africa.

Manfred Mann understood the cruel apartheid system as only a person who was born there could. He focuses on how this system affected the common native African controlled not only where and how he could earn a living but also where he could live which often was hundreds of miles from his work place.

This album today still carries a very powerful message about oppression but back then it was a harbinger of things to come as it ends with the Zulu and Xhosa chants of "Power is Ours".