My tribute to my dear friend Ray Phiri that I put on Facebook

Rest in peace my friend Ray Phiri – I know you are at peace – I remember the Unfinished Story so well when I was at UCT and the lifelong friendship we developed .A giant friend has passed – I will not whisper in the deep .

I spoke to Hotstix Mabuse (who we manage ) this morning and he is devasted “He said to me Mart I have no words ” Sipho and Ray did so much work together and when they got together it was always fun.

I remember touring with Ray and working on the Unfinished Story tour at the Good Hope Centre in 1987.

My daughter Casey Barclay has heard “Whispers in the deep” countless times on the school run in the morning .Ray helped shaped my love and continued love of SA Music.

When my wife Razia Myers met Ray she remarked what a gentle soul he has and amazing aura.

Ray had so much wisdom to give and he gave willingly

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4 more shows added this week for Pops Mohamed & Dave Reynolds tour of Cape Town

What an amazing week -Sold out show across 3 venues in Cape Town for Pops Mohamed & Dave Reynolds .

They have added 4 more shows starting on Thursday 12 March and culminating in fantastic intimate house concert in Pinelands on Sunday 15th March at 3.30pm with special guest Auriol Hays

Pops Mohamed is SA’s leading indigenous-contemporary-crossover artist. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays kora (African harp), mbira (thumb piano), Khoisan Bow, and various percussion effects. He has released 37 albums in his career, won awards such as the ACT Lifetime Achievers, recorded and made movies with the Khoisan people in the Kalahari, and toured globally with performers such as Andreas Vollenweider and Baaba Maal. Recently Pops featured on the TV show 21 Icons

Dave Reynolds is SA’s leading steel-pan player, a SAMRO Award winning composer and acoustic guitarist. He has performed and recorded all over the world with Steve Newman, Hugh Masekela, the late Gito Baloi, Tony Cox, the late Sipho Gumede, Paul Hanmer and McCoy Mrubata.

Pops Mohamed and Dave Reynolds will be joined by is folk singer / bass player Sylvain Baloubeta for some of the concerts. He is the regular bassist for Neo Muyanga and the Frank Paco Ensemble.

Thurs 12 March

Kronendal Music Academy, Hout Bay

NGO providing music in Hout Bay

Public workshop / performance / master-class

Time: 3pm – 5pm

Tickets: R80

Book: At the door

With Pops Mohamed, Dave Reynolds & Sylvain Baloubeta

Friday 13 March

The Forge, Kalk Bay

Time: 8pm

Tickets: R 110 – Quicket

With Pops Mohamed, Dave Reynolds & Sylvain Baloubeta

Sun 15 March

House Concert

12 St Heliers Rd, Muizenberg

Brunch provided

Time: 10am

Tickets: R140 – Quicket

Sunday 15th March – PINELANDS in a private home

(near Howard Centre ) tickets R120.00 with special guest Auriol Hays

to book email martin or phone 083 448 4475

Paul Simon Performs ‘Graceland’ in South Africa 25 Years Later for Documentary

August 01, 2011

By Diane Coetzer, Johannesburg

Before a small gathering of people at a studio in the depths of South Africa’s national broadcaster SABC, Paul Simon revisited the magic of his 1986 Grammy Award winning record, Graceland.

Dedicating the short concert to the late South African singer Miriam Makeba, Simon was joined on stage by most of the original players on Graceland, which sold over 14 million copies following its release

This included guitarist Ray Phiri (who was also an arranger on the original recording), New York-based bassist Bakithi Khumalo, and Vusi Khumalo and Isaac Mtshali, alternating on drums. Also present for signature songs “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” and “Homeless” was Ladysmith Black Mambazo, with leader Joseph Shabalala – adding to the emotional impact of the short show.

Simon described the 11-song performance as something “between a rehearsal and a concert”. “It’s a great joy to be reunited after so many years,” Simon said. “When I landed in South Africa, it felt like I was coming home. It’s such a nice feeling.”

The performance was filmed as part of a documentary Simon is making on Graceland. Details of the film have not yet been released but according to sources it is in partnership with one of the cable networks.

Among the songs performed and recorded last night were ‘I Know What I Know”, “The Boy in the Bubble”, “Crazy Love”, “Diamonds on the Soles Of Her Feet” and “You Can Call Me Al”.

Contributing to last night’s show was veteran South African performer, Hugh Masekela who took center stage with a rendition of his songs, “Grazing In The Grass” and ‘Stimela”. Simon paid tribute to the trumpeter and songwriter, along with South African artist Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and producer Koloi Lebona for their role in putting together the Graceland project during the height of the repressive South African apartheid regime.

Originally released on Warner in 1986, a reissue of Graceland will come through Sony Legacy to mark its 25th anniversary. The label has not yet revealed details.

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