Legendary jazz musician Ray Phiri has passed away. The veteran has suffered from lung cancer and sadly passed in the early hours of this morning at a hospital in his hometown, Mpumalanga.
Messages of condolences have been pouring in on social media since the family announced the news. Here are just a few.
Lala ngoxolo tata.
— Boity Thulo (@Boity) July 12, 2017
— Clayson Monyela (@ClaysonMonyela) July 12, 2017
Lala Ngoxolo Baba Ray Phiri??.. You put my home town Nelspruit on the map with your talent??.. You were dearly loved? RIP Mr. Ray Phiri ??? pic.twitter.com/4ybOlnwOeM
— Uyanda Mbuli (@UyandaM) July 12, 2017
We spoke of working together soon… now I can only make you proud as a musician. Your legacy has touched so many of us. I’m glad to know that I amongst many Africans celebrated you when you were still alive and will continue to celebrate you. To a pioneer, true talent and artist. Thank you for the Love, Light and Music Bab Ray Phiri. ??
Bra Ray Phiri. A fountain of knowledge. Very in touch with SA politics. A soft hearted and loving man. A talent unsurpassed. Composer extraordinaire. Always ready with a smile. A humble man who I thought had the keys to the fountain of youth. I thought he’d outlive us all. He gave all of himself to the music and to us. I hope he’s flying with the angels. Lala kahle Bra Ray ???