Virtuoso  South African Jaaz Musician Ray Phire Dies at 70

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Citizen Journalism Project (CJP)

Johannesburg, 12th July


The South African virtuoso jazz musician Ray Phiri has died of cancer aged 70.

We are completely heartbroken today at Black Major. Ray's music is his legacy and it will continue to live on. Rest in Paradise, Ray. We will miss you.

Posted by Ray Phiri on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Phiri was the founder of the band Stimela and Cannibals during the early 70’s. He was renowned as a versatile vocalist and guitarist. His capacity of fusing jazz with popular South African indigenous music and other stylish made him popular nationwide.

TBoz Interviewing Ray Phiri of Stimela on Afrotake Radio

Afrotake Late Lounge Show with TBoz on Sundays at 8pm UK Time – Thabo “Tboz” Dlomo speaking to Ray Phiri of Stimela on Afrotake Radio about music is South Africa. Listen to the full interview on this link –

Posted by Afrotake Media on Sunday, May 31, 2015

Ray was nicknamed ‘Just Now’ Phiri.

Born on 23rd of March 1947 in Mpumalanga province to an immigrant worker’s family. Ray’s real name was Raymond Chikapa Enock Phiri.

Ray Phiri & Stimela: Sishovingolovane (Live in concert)

Times are hard. To those of us abashovingolovane (employed), count your blessings. Kulabo abangenayo ingolovane to push (unemployed), bekezelani kuzobuye kulunge.

Posted by Mpho Abe Ncube on Thursday, February 10, 2011

President Jacob Zuma said, “He was a musical giant. This is indeed a huge loss for South Africa and the music industry as a whole,” in an statement.

Phiri’s songs made a nationwide vibrations specially during the era white minority rule that collapsed in 1994.

African National Congress party quoted Phiri as, “An immensely gifted composer, vocalist and guitarist, he breathed consciousness and agitated thoughts of freedom through his music.”

Watch: Living legend ubab' Ray Phiri performing Zwakala (Come to me), at the #AfricaDay concert in Nasrec.

Posted by Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Saturday, May 27, 2017

His most notable works includes albums like Fire, Passion and Ecstacy (’91), Look, Listen and Decide (’92) and the most controversial album People Don’t Talk So Let’s Talk.




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