We mourn ntate Ray Phiri
By Mpho Raphata
Today South Africa lost one of its gems, one of its talents, a lover of music, a charismatic performer a man who loved and lived for his craft, a legend that touched so many heart the world over, Ray Chikapa Phiri.
Phiri died in hospital this morning after battling lung cancer. Reports of his hospitalisation came out last week, and although he was said to be in a critical condition then, I personally hoped that he would get better.
At 70 his voice was still magnetic; it captured you from the first note, a true talent he was.
I remember listening to him speaking to Macfarlane Moleli on 180 with Bob, he had so much life in him, he was so happy. He reminded of my dad, the Stimela LPs he would play from the gramophone at home.
That voice that energy, who could ever forget his dance.
Some of his notable albums
- 1982: Fire, Passion And Ecstasy
- 1983: Rewind
- 1985: Shadows, Fear And Pain
- 1986: Look, Listen And Decide
- 1987: Unfinished Story
- 1989: Trouble In The Land Of Plenty
- 1996: Out Of The Ashes
- 2000: Steam Tracks(Best of)
- 2001: Live At The Market Theatre – 1st Half(Live)
- 2002: The 2nd Half(Live)
- 2010: A Lifetime…
- 2011: Turn On The Sun
Here is how twitter payed tribute the Legend that is Ray Phiri
— Karabo Mokgoko (@Karabo_Mokgoko) July 12, 2017
— Lesego Semenya (@LesDaChef) July 12, 2017
— City of Joburg (@CityofJoburgZA) July 12, 2017
— Pholoho Selebano (@Pholoho) July 12, 2017
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