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Ray Phiri performs at the Guy Butler Theatre in Grahamstown on 10 June 2015 at the 2015 National Arts Festival.  Phiri has received many awards
in recognition for his contribution in the music industry, including, in 2011, the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver, South
Africa’s highest civilian honour for excellence and contribution to the arts, and, in 2012, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the South African Music Awards (SAMA). (Photo: CUEPIX/Kate Janse van Rensburg)

Three days ago, while reaching for a suitcase to pack for his Grahamstown trip, Ray Phiri, the grand old man of mbaqanga music, falls off a chair and breaks three ribs.

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There is a seat in the Guy Butler Theatre in a three-seat row for the gods reserved for people with very short legs. I got it last night for Mango Groove, the hugely photogenic poster children for this year’s Standard Bank Jazz Festival. Odd that. Not that the band doesn’t boast a couple of jazz musicians but Mango Groove are pop. Their crossover music includes township grooves from the ’50s to the present-day, even some reggae. You need to dance to it. And they were booked into the Guy Butler Theatre. Even odder that.

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