Ray Phiri

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Ray Phiri
Ray Phiri.jpg
Phiri performing in 2007
Born
Raymond Chikapa Phiri

(1947-03-23)23 March 1947
Nelspruit, South Africa
Died12 July 2017(2017-07-12) (aged 70)
Nelspruit, South Africa
ResidenceJohannesburg and Nelspruit South Africa
OccupationRecording artist, jazz fusion
Years active1970–2017
Spouse(s)Daphney Phiri (deceased)
Children3 sons, 5 daughters
Musical career
GenresJazz, jazz fusion, reggae, mbaqanga
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
LabelsGallo, Barclay
Associated actsStimela, "Just Now" Phiri, Paul Simon

Raymond Chikapa Enock Phiri (23 March 1947 – 12 July 2017) was a South African jazz guitarist, singer, fusion and mbaqanga musician. He was born in Mpumalanga to Malawian immigrant worker and South African guitarist nicknamed "Just Now" Phiri.

Phiri became founding member of the Cannibals in the 1970s. When the Cannibals disbanded Ray founded Stimela, with whom he conceived gold and platinum-selling albums like Fire, Passion and Ecstasy (1991), Look, Listen and Decide (1992) as well as the controversial People Don't Talk So Let's Talk.

Phiri died at the age of 70 on 12 July 2017 at a Nelspruit hospital from lung cancer.[1][2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Billionaire funds Ray Phiri's Aus visit". Channel24. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 2015-11-15.
  2. "Music veteran Ray Phiri has died". TimesLive. Retrieved 12 July 2017.

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