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The musical Deep Harlem, with music by Joe Jordan plays at The Hudson Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of eight performances. The show traces the history and the journey of blacks from ancient Africa to 20th century New York City.
  South African singer and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba is born in Prospect Township, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Grammy-winning record producer Phil Ramone is born in South Africa.
Ali Ibrahim Toure is born in Timbuktu, Mali, Africa. He will find fame as singer and guitarist Ali Farka Toure, one of the African continent's most internationally renowned musicians.
Tom McGuinness of Manfred Mann, McGuinness Flint and The Blues Band, is born in London, UK.
Kabasele Yampanya is born in L
Miriam Makeba plays the first night of a four week season at the Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Martin Glover is born in Africa. He will find success as Youth, bass player for Killing Joke and Brilliant, before going on to make a name for himself as a top record producer.
The Coasters release a new single, Little Egypt, in the USA on Atco Records.
Gene Vincent plays at The Town Hall, Springs, South Africa.
Henri Mancini records The Theme From Hatari and The Sounds Of Hatari for RCA Victor Records in the USA. The tracks will appear on the soundtrack of the Howard Hawks' film Hatari!
The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens reaches No1 in the Cash Box magazine chart of top-selling singles in the USA.
Chip Hooper is born in Miami, Florida, USA. He will become a successful music industry agent, representing Phish and the Dave Matthews Band, and will become regarded as a seminal figure in establishing the Jam Band movement. Later he will head up the Paradigm Talent Agency.
Manfred Mann play at The Savoy, Catford, UK.
The first day of The Northern Jazz Festival at Redcar Racecourse, Redcar, UK, features Manfred Mann, Long John Baldry and the Hoochie Coochie Men, The Crawdaddies and The Yardbirds, with Eric Clapton on guitar, and others.
Manfred Mann and Bill Haley And His Comets play at The Globe, Stockton, UK.
Nigerian drummer Babatunde Olatunji and his group play the third of nine nights at The Cafe Au Go Go, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Manfred Mann spend the second of three days recording Oh No Not My Baby at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
Manfred Mann are banned from singing their current UK hit, a version of Bob Dylan's If You Gotta Go, Go Now, when they appear on the BBC tv show Gadzooks. The show's producer describes the song as "unsuitable".
Manfred Mann release a new single, Just Like A Woman, in the UK. This Bob Dylan cover is their first single to feature new vocalist Mike D'Abo.
Manfred Mann enter the UK pop singles chart with their version of Bob Dylan's Just Like A Woman, which will peak at No10.
Manfred Mann play at Exeter University, Exeter, UK, Europe.
The new No1 single in the Billboard magazine chart in the USA is Grazing In The Grass by Hugh Masekela.
Hugh Masekela plays the first of six nights at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by Chicago Transit Authority.
Neil Diamond releases a new album, Tap Root Manuscript, in the USA on Uni Records.
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Paul McCartney and Wings begin recording the album Band On The Run at EMI Studios, Lagos, Nigeria, Africa.
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Fela Kuti, having been arrested for robbing the 7-Up bottling company in Nigeria, Africa, is released on bail.
Lucky Ranku And The South African All Stars play at The 100 Club, Oxford Street, London, England, UK, Europe.
Miriam Makeba plays at The Brighton Centre, Brighton, England, UK, Europe, supported by Zeke Manyika And Dr. Love, The Ruby Turner Band, Slim Gaillard, The Deep Sea Jivers and others.
Paul Simon releases his seventh solo album, Graceland, on Warner Bros in the USA.
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Mallethead, Hardlicks, Livewire, Egypt and Blue Tiger play at The Channel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction spends the second of eight days in the Sudan, North West Africa, as part of a mission, organised by he humanitarian group Christian Solidarity International, to free Southern Sudanese slaves from their Northern masters.
French musical arranger and filmscore composer Michel Bernholc commits suicide. Under the pseudonym Burundi-Steiphenson-Black, he enjoyed a UK hit in 1971 with the track Burundi Black, for which he grafted a rock arrangement over the top of a field recording of Burundi Drummers of the Ingoma tribe made in East Africa. The same rhythm was subsequently sampled for tracks by Joni Mitchell, Adam And The Ants, Bow Wow Wow, The Beastie Boys and others.
R.E.M. release their thirteenth studio album, Around The Sun, on Warner Bros Records, around the world with the exception of the USA.
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The Dave Matthews Band plays at Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, Indiana, USA.
The Dave Matthews Band plays the first of two nights at the Sound Advice Amphitheater, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, supported by Marc Broussard.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at SBC Park, San Francisco, California, USA.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at Coors Amphitheater, Chula Vista, California, USA.
The Dave Matthews Band plays at The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre-TX, Schertz, Texas, USA.
Three men, Sifiso Mlanga, Julius Xowa and Mbuti Mabe, are found guilty of the murder of South African reggae star Lucky Dube, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Jamiroquai headline the second night of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Africa.
The Wailers play as part of the F1 Corniche Beats On The Beach Concerts series on Corniche Beach, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Africa.
The Killers play at the Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Africa.
While on a week-long charity tour of Malawi, Africa, Madonna lays the first brick symbolising the commencement of the construction of her US$15m Raising Malawi Academy for Girls.
On the fifth leg of their 360 Degree Tour, U2 play at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa, supported by The Springbok Nude Girls and Amadou And Mariam.
The Home Festival 2012, a two-day event, comes to an end at Dartington Hall, near Totnes, Devon, UK. Artists appearing over the course of the event have included Charlotte Church, Show of Hands, Tibet's Tashi Lhunpo Monks, The Dhol Foundation, Ethiopia's Krar Collective and West Africa's Ballet Nimba.
A feature in the influential Forbes magazine predicts that streaming will become the primary way that most people consume their music.
Erykah Badu performs Happy Birthday at the 46th Birthday Celebrations for King Mswati III of Swaziland, a man described by the Human Rights Foundation as a "corrupt tyrant". The incident takes place at a stadium concert in Swaziland, Africa, during which Badu also presents the king with a gifts, including "a special stone which she said would uplift His Majesty's spirits when he was feeling down".
On their On The Road Again tour, One Direction play the first of two nights at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa, supported by Johnny Apple.
On his Purpose tour, Justin Bieber plays at The Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa.