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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.
And His All Star Dixieland Band play at The Festival Hall, Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England, UK, Europe.
begins a one-month tour of Spain, Europe, and Morocco, Africa, where he performs for American troops, sponsored by the United Service Organizations.
plays at The Community Theatre, Berkeley, California, USA.
, reggae singer, is born in Ermelo, Transvaal [now Mpumalanga] South Africa.
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
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.
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.
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
, 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.
Shelby Lynne and Bob Schneider play at The Avalon Hollywood, Hollywood, California, USA.
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.
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.
is declared the winner of the fourth edition of Project Fame West Africa, in Nigeria, Africa, and wins a recording contract with Ultima Studios.
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.
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.
play at Emmeremtia Dam, Johannesburg, South Africa.
releases her debut LP, Eska
, on Naim Edge Records in the UK.