African jazz maestro Ray Phiri laid to rest

African jazz music lovers on Sunday joined relatives and friends of Ray Phiri, an undisputed music maestro in laying him to rest in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Ray Phiri : Laid to rest

Phiri, also known as Ray Chikapa died last week in South Africa after a long battle with lung cancer.

He was a great guitarist, lyrist and composer.

Popular band Black Smith Mambazo paid homage to the fallen hero by playing music at the funeral.

He played with great musical bands in South Africa which include Stimela.

His death also coincided with that of one hidden but great musician Nenani Ligoya Mphande.

Mphande also died last week and was laid to rest in Zomba. She was a music lecturer at Chancellor College.

She was one of the founders of e-wallet, a tv talent show program and became one of its famous judges.

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4 years ago

You got your facts wrong. Alinane .Mildred Ligoya Mphande died on Friday 14 July in Zomba and was laid to rest af HHI Cemetery in Blantyre on Tuesday 18th July. She was a Music Lecturer at Chancellor College in Zomba. She had given birth to a baby boy by Caeserian Section but unfortunately the baby died on Sunday or Monday. Her family and numerous friends are devastated with this loss.

4 years ago

For the Record Ray Phiri is not Malawian Born. His stepfather was. He is the man who raised him in South Africa when he married Rays mother. Please do not be in the habit of taking credit when success is concerned. The other time I read an article written in the Nation” Our very Own David Banda” now showing pride in David because he is now adopted by Madonna. Why not take Pride in the countless children in Malawi’s orphanages dotted around the country and wallowing in poverty. In that way we will do something home made to raise the… Read more »

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