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Origin South Africa
Genres Afro-fusion
Years active 1982–present
Labels [TM Performing Arts Management]
Members Ray Phiri
Isaac "Mnca" Mtshali
Thabo Lloyd Lelosa
Jabu S'bumbe
Thapelo Khomo
Ntokozo Zungu
Sam Ndlovu
Bafana Khuzwayo

Stimela is a South African Afro-fusion band, founded during the 1970s by Ray Phiri a self-taught guitarist. the band was formed when Phiri got together with drummer Isaac Mtshali, Thabo Lloyd Lelosa and Jabu Sibumbe, and they initially call themselves the Cannibals. The band started out as instrumentalists, but it later evolved to Afro-fusion when they joined forces with vocalist Jacob "Mparanyana" Radebe in 1975, continuing to work together for four years, and the band still kept going on after Radebe died in 1978.

They then changed their name to Stimela after a life changing experience in Mozambique when they were stranded in Maputo for three months. At this time, they had to sell all their belongings to take a train back home. This trip was a watershed moment to them as this was where they conceived the new name for the band: train is translated as Stimela in Nguni languages.

Besides the change in name, the band also expanded with new members Charlie "Sam" Ndlovu, Nana Coyote, Thapelo Kgomo and Ntokozo Zungu who joined the band.[1] With soulful tunes and gripping lyrics, the band has recorded platinum-winning albums like Fire, Passion and Ecstasy,Listen, Look and Decide as well as the controversial People Don't talk, So Let's Talk. One of their most memorable tracks - Whispers in the Deep - was restricted for broadcast by the old South African Broadcasting Corporation. [2]

The Band[edit]


  • 1982: Fire, Passion and Ecstasy
  • 1983: Rewind
  • 1985: Shadows, Fear and Pain
  • 1986: Look, Listen and Decide
  • 1988: Live!
  • 1987: Unfinished Story
  • 1991: Siyaya
  • 1983: Rewind (EP)
  • 1985: Shadows Fear and Pain (EP)
  • 1989: Trouble in the Land of Plenty
  • 1994: Khululani
  • 1995: Don't Ask Why
  • 1995: Are You Ready (Live)
  • 1987: The Unfinished Story
  • 1996: Out of the Ashes
  • 2000: Steam Tracks (Best of)
  • 2001: Live At The Market Theatre - 1st Half (Live)
  • 2002: The 2nd Half (Live)
  • 2010: "A Lifetime..."
  • 2011: turn on the sun