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Ray Phiri Launches his Solo Resurgence with a Performance at The Orbit, Joburg

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Ray Phiri by Kent Andreasen / Image Courtesy of the Artist

In what has to be one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year so far, charismatic frontman Ray “Chikapa” Phiri is set to bring his energetic dance moves and soulful voice to Braamfontein this Thursday, on the 6th April.

As the founder of Stimela, one of the most successful jazz and Afro-fusion bands on the continent, self-taught guitarist Ray Phiri is a living legend. Founded in the 1970s, Stimela initially called themselves The Cannibals back when the band was first formed – when Phiri joined forces with Isaac Mtshali, Thabo Lloyd Lelosa and Jabu Sibumbe.

The group grew in 1975, when they brought Jacob “Mparanyana” Radebe and Ntokozo Zungu on as vocalists, as well as adding two more keyboardists to the supergroup. In 1982, The Cannibals officially changed their name to Stimela, forming the band that an entire generation of jazz and Afro-fusion lovers have came to know and love.

On Thursday, Bra Ray will perform accompanied by a 7-piece band at The Orbit, the popular jazz club and bistro in Braamfontein. 

Kicking off his much-awaited resurgence, Phiri is also scheduled for appearances at various music festivals in Mozambique (Festival Azgo), Durban (Zakifo) and the Reunion Islands (Safiko).

Tomorrow night is sure to be an incredible experience, featuring some of Phiri’s most famous hits, his masterful and unique guitar playing, as well as some new material from his forthcoming album – said to feature an array of local and international collaborations.

Still vibrant and full of steam in his 70’s, Phiri will also be launching a recording of his live show The Man,The Music and Friendships this year.

Be sure to book your tickets soon (which you can find here) for what promises to be an unforgettable show from one of the heavyweights in South African jazz.

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