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South African jazz musician Ray Phiri dies

By Faeza
12 July 2017

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

Ray Phiri

South African jazz legend, Ray Phiri had died.

In an interview with The Sowetan earlier this month Phiri asked for space and privacy during his sickbed. He told the newspaper: “Let me suffer [in peace with my] pain, on my own with my dignity.”

Phiri - 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 Cannibals would grow in size and rename themselves, becoming the hugely influential Afro-fusion band Stimela.

Phiri was scheduled to perform at Rocking the Daisies music festival later this year.

Source: Channel24