South African jazz musician Ray Phiri has died on Wednesday morning as announced by the SABC.
The singer who had been admitted in hospital in Nelspruit had been suffering from lung cancer.
Raymond Chikapa Enock Phiri (born 23 March 1947) was a South African jazz, fusion and mbaqanga musician born in Mpumalanga to Malawian immigrant worker and South African guitarist nicknamed “Just Now” Phiri. He became founding member of the Cannibals in the 1970s. When the Cannibals disbanded Ray founded Stimela, with whom he conceived gold and platinum-selling albums like Fire, Passion and Ecstacy (1991), Look, Listen and Decide (1992) as well as the controversial People Don’t Talk So Let’s Talk.