Tokoloshe Man

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"Tokoloshe Man"
Single by John Kongos
B-side "Can Someone Please Direct Me Back to Earth"
Genre Glam rock
Label Fly BUG14
Songwriter(s) John Kongos
Producer(s) Gus Dudgeon
John Kongos singles chronology
"He's Gonna Step on You Again"
"Tokoloshe Man"
"Ride the Lightning"

"Tokoloshe Man" was a 1971 UK hit single by John Kongos, released on Fly Records. [1] It stayed in the UK Singles Chart top 10 for five weeks, peaking at number 4. [2] [3] Kongos' previous single release was "He's Gonna Step on You Again", another number 4 UK chart hit. [3]

"Tokoloshe Man" was covered by Happy Mondays. It featured on the 1990 Elektra compilation album, Rubáiyát: Elektra's 40th Anniversary . [4]


The word Tokoloshe refers to the mystical beast of the same name in African mythology, which is thought to terrorise and eat people at night. [5]

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  1. "John Kongos– Tokoloshe Man". Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  2. "Official Charts Company - John Kongos - Tokoloshe Man". Retrieved 2016-10-05.
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  4. Dan Heilman. "Rubaiyat: Elektra's 40th Anniversary - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic . Retrieved 2016-10-05.
  5. McNab, Chris (2007). Mythological Monsters. New York: Scholastic Corporation. ISBN   978-0-439-85479-5.