Ray Phiri sizzles

Jazz, fusion and mbaqanga musician Ray Phiri wowed fans old and young at Level Three Premium in Kramerville, Sandton last night.

His husky voice, perfect for a good serenade, still commands attention after all these years.

The award-winning musician was performing at the fourth instalment of the Glenlivet Legacy Live experience, which has previously hosted jazz greats Judith Sephuma, Selaelo Selota and Hugh Masekela.

Classic Phiri hits like Come to Me and Whispers in the Deep got the crowd grooving at the intimate night out.

TV presenters Penny Lebyane and Andile Gaelesiwe were among the appreciative audience.

Khumbul’ekhaya host Gaelesiwe had a “second late night out” in as many nights and said if Phiri hadn’t been the star of the show she’d have stayed at home.

The man born as Ray Fana Zulu chatted to the audience about his Mpumalanga roots and opened the second half of the evening with an ode to his father Kanyama Phiri.

Before he performed, Phiri reminisced to City Press about his musical journey over the years, and how music used to be a weapon for social change.

“Not all is lost – South Africa is still in its honeymoon phase and music is still as relevant as ever in bringing about social change.”

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