Africa’s legendary musician Ray Phiri has died


South African jazz legend and musician Ray Phiri had died. 

The 70-year-old musician suffered from lung cancer and had recently been admitted to a hospital in Nelspruit. 

In an interview with The Sowetan earlier this month Phiri asked for space and privacy during his sickbed. 

Phiri, was a jazz, fusion and mbaqanga musician – was born on 23 March 1947 near Nelspruit , Mpumalanga.

He was a founding member of the Cannibals in the 1970s.

Later, the group became the hugely influential Afro-fusion band Stimela.

“Music is spiritual. It provides healing and reflection, and it should add value. Emotion should shine through, and a healthy respect for the audience is required,” Phiri told City Press



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