"Ray was so creative that he overwhelmed me sometimes"

South Africa's jazz musician and legend Ray Phiri died on Wednesday aged 70.

The musician succumbed to lung cancer and had recently been admitted to a hospital in Nelspruit where he died.

Jazz Maestro and Founder at Joy Of Jazz, Peter Tladi spoke highly of Phiri, his life, and his creativity as a musician.

Read: Legendary jazz musician Ray Phiri dies at 70

He was so creative that he overwhelmed me sometimes and I would ask him to leave the office and come back tomorrow.

Peter Tladi, Jazz Maestro and Founder at Joy Of Jazz

Tladi managed Phiri directly when he started his solo career. This was after he returned from his world tour with Paul Simon and left the band Stimela.

Phiri received many accolades during the course of his career and was recognised on international platforms.

He had new sounds... The influence of the international community took over.

Peter Tladi, Jazz Maestro and Founder at Joy Of Jazz

Phiri was scheduled to perform at Rocking the Daisies Music Festival in Cape Town later this year.

To hear more of this interview, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : "Ray was so creative that he overwhelmed me sometimes"


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