Raymond Chikapa Enock Phiri’ was a South African jazz, fusion and mbaqanga musician born in Mpumalanga to Malawian immigrant worker and South African guitarist nicknamed “Just Now” Phiri. He became founding member of the Cannibals in the 1970s.

Music great Ray Phiri, aged 70, has died after he lost his battle with lung cancer.

Recently, he was admitted to a hospital in Nelspruit.

His band mate Richard Mitchell, said that Phiri had exhausted all his private funds, including medical aid funds, and was in need of funding.

A crowd-funding initiative was started to aid the music veteran. But, according to reports‚ the page was shut down just hours after it had started‚ at the request of the family.  It had amassed just under R3 000 of its R50 000 goal – with donations from around the world.