Zuma pays trib­ute to jazz gi­ant

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PRES­I­DENT Ja­cob Zuma has ex­tended his heart­felt con­do­lences on the pass­ing of jazz mu­si­cian Ray Phiri, who died yes­ter­day.

In a state­ment the Pres­i­dency looked at the il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer of Ray­mond Chikapa Enock Phiri, who was a South African jazz, fu­sion and mbaqanga mu­si­cian born 70 years ago in present-day Mbombela, Mpumalanga.

Phiri was a founder mem­ber of a soul-mu­sic group of the 1970s, The Can­ni­bals, who were later joined by the late soul singer Mpha­ranyana.

When The Can­ni­bals dis­banded, Phiri founded Stimela (Steam Train), with whom he con­ceived gold and plat­inum-win­ning al­bums like Fire, Pas­sion and Ec­stasy; Look,

Lis­ten and De­cide; as well as the con­tro­ver­sial Peo­ple Don’t Talk So Let’s Talk.

Phiri was hon­oured with the Or­der of Ikhamanga in Sil­ver for his ster­ling con­tri­bu­tion to the South African mu­sic in­dus­try and the suc­cess­ful use of arts as an in­stru­ment of so­cial trans­for­ma­tion.

“He was a mu­si­cal gi­ant. This is a huge loss for South Africa and the mu­sic in­dus­try. We are with his fam­ily in thoughts and prayers. May his soul rest in peace,” Zuma said. – ANA

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