Ray Phiri

 
Nonku Phiri reloaded
Nonku Phiri reloaded
The first time I heard composer and singer-songwriter Nonku Phiri was by complete accident.
PODCAST: Bad blood in Graceland
PODCAST: Bad blood in Graceland
In 1985, South African music legend Ray Phiri collaborated with a number of other South African artists on Paul Simon’s legendary Graceland...
This beautiful land is your land
This beautiful land is your land
Tuesday. Day Two of the public hearings hosted by Parliament’s land reform portfolio committee on the Bill to reopen land claims for people who...
Rest in Peace
Rest in Peace
Vito Acconci (77). Avant-garde American artist who worked in performance (Seedbed), architecture, land (Murinsel) and video....
Editorial: Hambani kahle, omkhulu
Editorial: Hambani kahle, omkhulu
Ray Phiri’s death is not being mourned in isolation. With him goes jazz musician and teacher to many, Johnny Mekoa.
May the sun never set on Ray
May the sun never set on Ray
One Sunday evening at Johannesburg’s Downtown Studios, I came across a gleaming plaque celebrating the double platinum status of Stimela’s 1986...
Writing Ray between the lines
Writing Ray between the lines
I marvelled silently at the lush, rolling hilltop greenery beyond the window I stood at, wondering just how I had wound up there in the white,...
Many rivers for Phiri to cross
Many rivers for Phiri to cross
It’s a Thursday night at The Orbit in Braamfontein. I’ve never seen the venue heaving at such capacity, and madalas and lighties alike are...
Mystery of the lost Mandela song
Mystery of the lost Mandela song
Shortly after Nelson Mandela's release from prison in February 1990, a South African equivalent of We Are the World was recorded...
Zuma declares war on ANC's 'demon of factionalism'
Zuma declares war on ANC's 'demon of factionalism'
In sweltering heat at the Vodacom stadium in Bloemfontein on Sunday, President Jacob Zuma acknowledged factionalism and "political demons" within...
Great SA Song: Stimela - Whispers in the Deep
Great SA Song: Stimela - Whispers in the Deep
'The song is king” were among Ray Phiri's first words when I told him I was seeking to discuss the late Nana Coyote's songwriting role in...

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