Ray Phiri Video (DVD) is a documentary film showcasing Ray phiri’s life starting from his poor roots as the son of a laborer to becoming successful as a co-arranger of Paul Simon’s successful South African music Album called Graceland. Phiri formed a group called Stimela meaning Steam Train, which stirred up the sound of a nation split between apartheid’s legacy of anguish and the dream of a new, free South Africa.
Ray Phiri film is dedicated to Ray Phiri’s musical career while highlighting his socio-political influence in South African society. His fans nicknamed him “the prophet” in acknowledgement to the burning sensation of his music, also with regard to the vibrating wave of social consciousness that keeps his music alive. In between footage performances in the video, Phiri’s interviews are shown where he describes his music as a key to self-discovery, a relief for personal and political frustration, and inspires change. The video is 25 minutes long.