Ray Phiri, South Africa’s Graceland singer and guitarist passes away.

After a two-month battle with lung cancer, South African jazz legend Ray Phiri has died at the age of 70. Ever since the news was made public, fans, and well wishers have been rendering their condolences to his family on twitter, using the hashtag #RIPRayPhiri.

The BBC quotes him in an interview with The Sowetan newspaper earlier this month saying: “Let me suffer [in peace with my] pain, on my own with my dignity.”

He rose to fame when he featured on Paul Simon’s Graceland album in 1986 where he perfomed alongside other great names like Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela.

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