Ray Phiri. Picture: Twitter

Rustenburg - Legendary South African musician Ray Phiri’s death came at a time when there was an agreement between him and the North West Provincial Government to assist the province in revitalising the Mmabana studios, North West premier Supra Mahumapelo said on Wednesday.

"I was also working with the legendary musician, as an artist myself, on a Reconciliation, Healing and Renewal [RHR] music concert in honour of the late Collins Chabane”, said Mahumapelo.

He added that he also had an agreement with the late Phiri to compose the gospel version of one of Phiri’s famous songs -Zwakala (Come to me), the project which was already 70 percent completed.

"This is truly a great loss to the music industry. I wish to, on behalf of the provincial government and the North West community, extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr Phiri. We will forever remember him and be grateful for his immense contribution in the music industry. May his soul rest in peace," Premier Mahumapelo said.

Phiri passed on at the age of 70, on Wednesday morning.