AKA, Nandi Madida, Somizi and more bid Ray Phiri farewell


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News that the singer was ill came out this week and Wednesday morning, his family confirmed he had passed away. The singer had been fighting lung cancer and was being treated at a Nelspruit hospital.

Speaking to Eyewitness News, family spokesperson Paul Nkanyane says:

"He has been bad for the past few days. I spoke to him on Monday and he was struggling but unfortunately, there was nothing we could have done. The doctors say they tried all that they could to help him out."

Celebs have come out in droves to bid farewell and pay tribute to the icon:

Nandi Madida

Thank you #RIPRayPhiri ??

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Somizi Mhlongo  



Mmabatho Montsho

Go well legend. You did it like no one else could! Salute!#RIPRayPhiri ???

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Thapelo Mokoena

Rest In Peace Legendary Man ???? It's crazy because in the past month all I've been playing is #Stimela #LuckyDube #Sankomota & #JabuKhanyile #NanaCoyote . I went back & played a lot of your music this month. I was on @kayafm95dot9 with @tboseza recently & we played one of your songs. Your story lives. I was too young when I listened to you as a kid through my uncles. But I get it now. 34 years later & your music still heals. We even played your album as pre-movie music at the @kasimovienights #Kalushi #TheHangMan #KeysOfLife screenings 2 weekends ago. You were truly one of my ultimate Favourite Global African Musicians. Lala kahle Soldier. You Music Lives On #WhispersIntheDeep #Zwakala #WhereDidWeGoWrong #LoveYou #MesaureofaMan #RIP #GoWell #TaRayRay #RAYPHIRI ????? A post shared by Thapelo Mokoena (@mokoenalive) on

RJ Benjamin

The Soil


Forever a legend RIP baba Ray Phiri I'm honored to have met u and chat to u ??#RipRayPhiri A post shared by Lvovo Derrango (@lvovosa) on

Bob Mabena

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