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.