It is not often that you get five jazz legends in one picture.
But the picture shared here has five jazz music legends, sadly though, four of them have departed.
From far left, we have the brilliant Ray Chikapa Phiri, who was diagnosed with lung cancer and died at the age of 70 on 12 July 2017 at a Nelspruit hospital. Phiri was a South African jazz, fusion and mbaqanga musician.
He collaborated with Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Simon's Graceland (album) project in 1985, and became founding member of the Cannibals in the 1970s. When the Cannibals disbanded Ray founded Stimela, with whom he conceived gold and platinum-selling albums like Fire, Passion and Ecstacy (1982), Look, Listen and Decide (1986).
Second from left, is the late Mama Afrika herself.
Zenzile Miriam ‘Mama Africa’ Makeba .was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. Makeba was among the first African musicians to receive worldwide recognition. She brought African music to a Western audience, and popularized the world music and Afropop genres.
She died on November 10 2008 at the age of 76 after performing at a concert in Italy.
Next to her is Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, who is the only one still alive in the picture.
Right from Paul, is another legend, Joseph Shabalala, founder of Grammy award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who died on Tuesday at the age of 78.
On the right, find we find Hugh Ramapolo Masekela, a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, singer and composer who has been described as "the father of South African jazz".
Masekela died of prostate cancer on 23 January 208 at the age of 78.