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Africa

Michael Leibowitz is born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He will find success as keyboardist and leader of the mid-60s British r'n'b band Manfred Mann.
Danielle Ebguy is born in Marrakech, Morocco, Africa. She will enjoy international acclaim as singer, composer and author Sapho
Tenor sax man and Chess Records recording artist Claude McLin [nicknamed The Crown Prince OfThe Tenor Sax] files a new six nights-a-week contract to play in the Morocco Lounge, Chicago, Illinois, USA, with his local Musicians Union.
Joe Daniels And His All Star Dixieland Band play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England, UK, Europe.
Cannonball Adderley And His Orchestra are recording tracks for the Riverside Records album African Waltz, in New York City, USA.
The John Coltrane Quartet records Blues Minor and Africa at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, for Impulse! Records.
Roy Acuff begins a one-month tour of Spain, Europe, and Morocco, Africa, where he performs for American troops, sponsored by the United Service Organizations.
Jim Reeves And His Blue Boys leave Nashville, Tennessee, USA, by jet, en route to South Africa, where they were to filmed for a movie.
Miriam Makeba plays at The Community Theatre, Berkeley, California, USA.
Manfred Mann play at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, UK, supported by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.
Manfred Mann play at The Marquee, Soho, London, UK.
Manfred Mann play at The Barn, Chateris, UK.
Lucky Dube, reggae singer, is born in Ermelo, Transvaal [now Mpumalanga] South Africa.
The Heartbeats Of Sierra Leone record sixteen tracks during their second live recording session at The Voice Of America Studios, Liberia, Africa.
When Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, the audience is packed with celebrities including The Beatles, Donovan, Paul Jones of Manfred Mann and Eric Burdon of The Animals.
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The final day of The Newport Jazz Festival '65 features Frank Sinatra (with orchestra conducted by Quincy Jones), Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, The Stan Getz Quitet, Wes Montgomery, Dollar Brand, Denny Zeitlin and Johnny Coles.
Oumou Sangaré is born in Bamako, Mali, Africa. She will find success as a Wassoulou musician and recording artist, sometimes referred to as The Songbird of Wassoulou.
Latifa Bint Alayah Al Arfaoui is born in Maniba, Tunisia, Africa. She will find success as Arab pop singer Latifa.
Manfred Mann perform their new single, My Name Is Jack, on UK tv show Dee Time. They also appear on BBC radio show Saturday Club, along with The Fortunes.
Paul Jones, former lead singer of Manfred Mann, appears on BBC-1 tv's The Wednesday Show.
Burundi Black by Burundi-Steiphenson-Black enters the UK singles chart where it will peak at No31 during a fourteen-week run on the chart. Burundi-Steiphenson-Black is, however, a psuedonym for French musical arranger and filmscore composer Michel Bernholc, who has simply grafted a rock arrangement over the top of a field recording of Burundi Drummers of the Ingoma tribe made in 1967 in East Africa. Bernholc's moment of inspiration will, in its turn, inspire many other rock musicians to explore the same source. Burundi drum rhythms will subsequently be sampled for tracks by Joni Mitchell, Adam And The Ants, Bow Wow Wow, The Beastie Boys, Def Leppard and others.
Burundi Black by Burundi-Steiphenson-Black enters the UK singles chart where it will peak at No31 during a fourteen-week run on the chart. Burundi-Steiphenson-Black is, however, a psuedonym for French musical arranger and filmscore composer Michel Bernholc, who has simply 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 will subsequently be sampled for tracks by Joni Mitchell, Adam And The Ants, Bow Wow Wow, The Beastie Boys and others.
Burundi Black by Burundi-Steiphenson-Black enters the UK singles chart where it will peak at No31 during a fourteen-week run on the chart. Burundi-Steiphenson-Black is, however, a psuedonym for French musical arranger and filmscore composer Michel Bernholc, who has simply 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 will subsequently be sampled for tracks by Joni Mitchell, Adam And The Ants, Bow Wow Wow, The Beastie Boys and others.
Anti-apartheid campaigner Steve Biko dies shortly after arrival at Pretoria prison, Pretoria, South Africa. Police claim his death was caused by an extended hunger strike, but the autopsy will reveal that he died because of a brain hemorrhage resulting from massive injuries to the head while in police custody. Peter Gabriel and the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest will each write songs inspired by Biko's life and death.
Man On The Moon by Ballyhoo enters the Springbok Chart in South Africa, where it will peak at No1 during a 19-week run.
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King Sunny Ade plays at the Lyceum Ballroom, London, England, UK, Europe.
Queen play the first of two nights at Wembley, London, England, UK, Europe.
Lucky Ranku And The South African All Stars play at The 100 Club, Oxford Street, London, England, UK, Europe.
Amjad Ali Khan plays at The Music Village, Holland Park, London, England, UK, Europe.
Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof asks the US Congress in Washington DC, USA, to help distribute food to victims of the famine in Africa.
Queen release a triple video compilation, The Magic Years, in the UK.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of two nights at the Johannesburg Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa, to an audience of 47,000.
Internationally successful singing star Eve Boswell dies in Durban, South Africa.
Bono of U2 begins a twelve day fact-finding mission in Africa, during which he will visit Ghana, South Africa, Ethiopia and Uganda, as a guest of US Treasury Secretary, Paul O'Neill.
The Live8 Concert in The Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, features Will Smith (host), Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, P Diddy, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, The Dave Matthews Band, Sarah McLachlan, Rob Thomas, Keith Urban, 50 Cent and The Kaiser Chiefs. The audience turnout is one and a half million.
Chantal Chamandy releases a new single, You Want Me, in the UK on Nova Records.
Shelby Lynne and Bob Schneider play at The Avalon Hollywood, Hollywood, California, USA.
Internationally-renowned musician, political activist, Witwatersrand alumnus and former staff member, Johnny Clegg, aka The White Zulu, is awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music by The University of The Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
R. Kelly headlines the ARISE African Fashion Awards, Johannesburg, South Africa. This is the first time he has ever played in Africa.
The South African Music Awards are held in The Royal Ballroom, Sun City, South Africa. Lira wins the Best Global Chart DVD award for Live in Concert: A Celebration; Best Rock Album: Afrikans is Jaar by Jan Blohm 7; After Robots by BLK JKS is best Alternative Music Album: English; Best RAndB/Neo Soul album is Something Better by Brian Temba; Best-selling Ringback Tone goes to DJ Cleo for Hands Up.
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Sting flies into Rabat, Morocco, Africa, in his private jet to see Carlos Santana perform at the Mawazine Festival. Sting will play at the festival two days later.
The three-day-long WOMAD Festival 2010 concludes at Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England, UK. On this, the final day of the event, artists appearing include Gil Scott-Heron, Kanda Bongo Man, Afro Celt Sound System, JazZstePpa, Imelda May, Rolf Harris and His Band, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, Kormac's Big Band, Gilzene And The Blue Light Mento Band, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars and The Sounds of West Africa.
On their Come Around Sundown tour, Kings Of Leon play at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa.
Monica Ogah is declared the winner of the fourth edition of Project Fame West Africa, in Nigeria, Africa, and wins a recording contract with Ultima Studios.
Bono of U2 makes a surprise appearance, singing with Belgian-Congolese artist Baloji, at a ranch in La Quinta, near Indio, California, USA. The occasion is the Rolling Stone Rock Room launch party for Diesel+Edun's Studio Africa, a series of events bringing African and Western musicians together.
Kenny Rogers makes his African concert debut by playing to over 70,000 fans at The Titimar Festival in Agadir, Morocco.
A private funeral remembrance service for bassist and songwriter Jack Bruce is held at Golders Green Crematorium, London, UK. As well as his own acclaimed solo career, Bruce was a member of Cream, Blues Incorporated, the Graham Bond Organization, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Manfred Mann and West, Bruce And Laing.
Bastille play at Emmeremtia Dam, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Eska releases her debut LP, Eska, on Naim Edge Records in the UK.
On their The Book Of Souls World Tour, Iron Maiden play at The Grand Arena, Cape Town, South Africa.
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