RAY Phiri, (70) the celebrated South African musician has been admitted to a South African hospital after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
Sources said the condition of the guitarist, producer and vocalist who rose to fame when he featured on Paul Simon’s Graceland album in 1986, is “under control.”
News of Phiri’s terminal illness came to light through social media when a friend and former band member posted a message that the legendary musician had exhausted his medical insurance funds and needed help to pay his hospital bills.
However, when Phiri was contacted by the local press, he reportedly pleaded for his privacy.
Phiri, a self-taught guitarist, founded Afro-fusion band Stimela during the 1970s. The group enjoyed immense success with iconic tracks like Whispers in the deep ensuring a lasting legacy for Phiri and his fellow band members.
In September last year Phiri was in the news after tying the knot to his 24-year-old bride, Rabelani Mulaudzi, in a traditional Venda ceremony.