Things we didn’t know about Ray Phiri

South Africa woke up to the sad news of Ray Phiri’s passing this morning, 12 July, after succumbing to his battle with lung cancer.

Messages of condolences from across the country and abroad have been pouring after the news broke of Ray Phiri’s passing.

Here are a few things we’ve come to learn about the Jazz musician

He was honored with the Order of Ikhamanga award in silver which is granted by the Presidents of South Africa for achievements in arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sports.
Ray Phiri’s hit record Zwakala has been sampled by many local artists. The song was even the main theme song for local drama series Zone 14. Rapper, Young Nationz also sampled the song in his 2007 single, Zwakala Emzansi. Ray Phiri also featured in the video as well.

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