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Ray Phiri Obituary

Ray Phiri (1947 – 2017)

It is with immense sadness that we say goodbye to a giant of South African and world music – Ray Phiri may your soul rest in peace and your legacy live on.

A self-taught guitarist, Phiri went on to form the world renowned band Stimela in the 1970s. He had received many awards in recognition of his talents, including one of our country’s highest accolades, the Order of Ikhamanga (silver) for his sterling contribution to the South African music industry and the successful use of arts as an instrument of social transformation.

Raymond Chikapa Enock Phiri – we salute you