Phiri still gives hope

The Times (South Africa) - - OPINIONOPINION ANDLETTERS - Manelo Jo’anna. Miss You Gimme Hope Sandile Ntuli, Jo­han­nes­burg

THE abil­ity to move young and old alike isn’t easy, but Ray Phiri was able to do that with Stimela.

Mu­si­cians like Phiri re­minded the world of its re­spon­si­bil­ity to­wards the op­pressed peo­ple of an un­demo­cratic South Africa.

Con­sider the hid­den mes­sages in We

by Chicco Twala and Ed­die Grant’s

Twala was ac­tu­ally singing “We miss you Man­dela”, and the lat­ter was re­ally a song about the apartheid govern­ment un­der the guise of Jo’anna, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Jo­han­nes­burg and the then South African govern­ment.

No doubt the mu­sic of Ray Phiri and other mu­si­cians of his generation made ex­iles liv­ing abroad feel as if they were back home in South Africa.

A mu­si­cal leg­end has bowed out, yet on many Sun­day af­ter­noons to come, in many jazz lovers’ homes and cars, Phiri will live on. —

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