News of the death of veteran musician Ray Phiri sent shock waves through Mzansi on Wednesday morning.
The jazz legend who died at the age of 70 bowed to a two-month battle with lung cancer. He was reportedly surrounded by family and close friends at the time of his death.
While tributes keep pouring in for the musical genius, we couldn’t help but be reminded of the contribution he made to the music industry through classic hits released over the past three decades.
Thus, we have rounded up seven songs to help you remember Phiri and his band Stimela. Phiri made a lasting impact in the industry through his songs including Whispers in the Deep; I Hate Telling a Lie; The Unfinished Story and more.
One of the most popular songs from Ray and Stimela‚ was Zwakala (Come Here). The song went on to be the soundtrack for SABC 1 drama Zone 14.
Let’s have a look at 7 hit songs from Ray Phiri and Stimela
2. Highland Drifter
3. You Will Know (The Condom Song)
4. Whispers In The Deep
5. The Unfinished Story (Live)
6. I Hate Telling a Lie
7. Fire, Passion and Ecstasy
In addition to being an ‘animated’ performer, Phiri and Stimela made music with a message. That is how we will remember the legend and keep his legacy alive.
Earlier this month, reports emerged that the veteran was fighting for his life in the hospital. Consequently, a friend and band mate Richard Mitchell started a crowdfunding to help him with his financial challenges that resulted from the illness.
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Notwithstanding, the project was shut down by Phiri’s family before it garnered enough money. The music icon asked for space and privacy to deal with his illness with dignity. Apparently, he knew the end was near and didn’t want to trouble anyone.
May his soul rest in peace.