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SA music star, Lira comes to Harare

The Afro-soul superstar will be supported by local acts including Cool Crooners, Dudu Manhenga, Victor Kunonga, Jazz Invitation, and music couple Selmor Mtukudzi and Tendai Manatsa.

The talented songbird, who is a Sony/BMG signed artist, is known for eclectic sounds comprising elements of Afro-pop, R&B and jazz.

Her album Feel Good attracted mega sales and received rave reviews in South Africa. It was voted Best Jazz Album for 2007 at the popular Metro FM Awards.

The title-track Feel Good was the most downloaded song in South Africa in 2008. In December 2008 she released her third album Soul in Mind.

Lira was also part of the numerous music acts that performed at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in South Africa last year.

She has also performed at former South African president, Nelson Mandela’s birthday bashes.

According to South African media reviews, Lira’s music is defined by its honesty, soulfulness, femininity and utter joyfulness.

In addition, there is a thoughtful quality to Lira’s music which is exhibited through the subject matters that she tackles in her songs.

“My music has to be empowering,” said Lira in an interview with a South African music website. “I am very, very conscious of that – especially growing up in Africa. I don’t want to bring anything negative into my music yet do that in a way that is not preachy.”

In interviews with Life & Style, local artists were upbeat about performing alongside Lira.

“It’s going to be a pleasure to share the stage with Lira. I believe there’s so much we will be able to share.

“We always do our best, and we want fans that will come to the show to sample our new stuff.

“We will play songs from our forthcoming album,” said Afro jazz maestro, Victor Kunonga.

“We are very excited to stage a show with a well-known artist since this will provide us with a learning opportunity.

“It’s also a chance for us to show we have changed and improved. People who have seen us before will be surprised with our new performance.

“It’s a platform to show Zimbabwe how we are doing now, and we are very honoured to be a part of that,” said Sandra Mtukudzi, Selmor and Tendai’s band manager.

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