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==Car accidents, band members and wife==
 
==Car accidents, band members and wife==
Ray Phiri was involved in a series of car accidents which had an impact on his personal life and musical career. Ray Phiri was badly injured in 1987 in a crash that claimed the lives of his band manager and six others. In 2003, his wife was killed in a car accident, with Ray Phiri escaping serious injury.
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Ray Phiri was involved in a series of car accidents which had an impact on his personal life and musical career. Ray Phiri was badly injured in 1987 in a crash that claimed the lives of his band manager and six others. In 2003, his wife was killed in a car accident, with Ray Phiri escaping with serious injury.
  
 
==Death==
 
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#[https://www.channel24.co.za/The-Juice/News/goodbye-chikapa-a-tribute-to-ray-phiri-20170716 ''Channel24'',Goodbye, Chikapa: A tribute to Ray Phiri, 4 September 2019]
 
#[https://www.channel24.co.za/The-Juice/News/goodbye-chikapa-a-tribute-to-ray-phiri-20170716 ''Channel24'',Goodbye, Chikapa: A tribute to Ray Phiri, 4 September 2019]
 
#[https://mg.co.za/article/2017-07-14-00-writing-ray-between-the-lines ''Mail & Guardian'', Writing Ray between the lines, 4 September 2019]
 
#[https://mg.co.za/article/2017-07-14-00-writing-ray-between-the-lines ''Mail & Guardian'', Writing Ray between the lines, 4 September 2019]
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==Pictures==
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==See Also==
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*[[The Golden Generation of South Africa: Entertainment]]

Latest revision as of 13:32, 21 May 2020

Ray Phiri
Ray Phiri.jpg
Background information
Birth name Raymond Chikapa Enock Phiri
Born 23 March 1947
Nelspruit, Eastern Transvaal
South Africa
Died 12 July 2017 (aged 70)
Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
South Africa
Genres
  • Jazz
  • Mbaqanga
  • Fusion
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Guitarist
  • Dancer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Guitar
Years active 1962–2017
Labels Gallo
Barclay
Associated acts

Ray Phiri (born Raymond Chikapa Enock Phiri on 23 March 1947 – 12 July 2017) was a South African jazz, fusion, dancer and mbaqanga musician. Ray Phiri began his career in 1962, as a dancer for the legendary Dark City Sisters when they performed in the Eastern Transvaal. In the 1970s he formed a group called the Cannibals, and when the Cannibals disbanded Ray Phiri founded Stimela. Ray Phiri with Stimela released their debut album Fire, Passion and Ecstasy in 1982.

In 1985, Paul Simon asked Ray Phiri along with Ladysmith Black Mambazo to join his Graceland project, which was successful and also helped the South African musicians to make names for themselves abroad. Ray was to collaborate with Paul Simon again on Simon’s Rhythm of the Saints album, which saw him perform on stages such as Central Park and Madison Square Garden as well as appearing on top television shows in the United States.

Car accidents, band members and wife

Ray Phiri was involved in a series of car accidents which had an impact on his personal life and musical career. Ray Phiri was badly injured in 1987 in a crash that claimed the lives of his band manager and six others. In 2003, his wife was killed in a car accident, with Ray Phiri escaping with serious injury.

Death

Ray Phiri died at the age of 70 on 12 July 2017 at a Nelspruit hospital after a battle with lung cancer.

References

  1. ZAlebs, Things we didn't know about Ray Phiri, 4 September 2019
  2. SA History,Raymond (Ray) Chikapa Enock Phiri, 4 September 2019
  3. Music Mag, Raymond Chikapa Enock Phiri, 4 September 2019
  4. timeslive, Our most touching interview with Ray Phiri, 4 September 2019
  5. IOL, Superstar who never lost common touch, 4 September 2019
  6. Channel24,Goodbye, Chikapa: A tribute to Ray Phiri, 4 September 2019
  7. Mail & Guardian, Writing Ray between the lines, 4 September 2019

Pictures

Ray-Phiri.jpg

See Also