Phiri still gives hope
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. —