Following in the footsteps of the legendary Miriam Makeba, LIRA has released four multi-platinum albums making her South Africa’s highest selling act – now the 2012 BET nominee for Best International Act will honor President Obama with a performance at the 2013 Ambassadors Inauguration Ball on January 21st in Washington, DC
(Los Angeles, CA – December 18, 2012) Award winning Afro-Soul vocalist LIRA will be performing on January 21st at The Mead Center for American Theatre in Washington, DC in celebration of the re-election of President Barack Obama. This signature event will be the first Inaugural Ball hosted exclusively by the international community. With over 2,500 expected guests, the first-class soiree is poised to be one of the most eagerly anticipated Inaugural events.
Following the official swearing in ceremonies and parade, the Inauguration event will include a stirring tribute, honoring President Barack & First Lady Michelle Obama by musicians LIRA, Mi Casa and Anané Vega, hosted by DJ Biz Markie. In attendance Ambassador to the U.S, Tebelelo Seretse of the Republic of Botswana as well as other Heads of State, Ambassadors, Dignitaries, Consul Generals, and key Embassy officials. Also attending will be members of the United States Congress, State Department officials, cabinet members, appointees, as well as, other luminaries of politics and business.
Host committee members representing a myriad of diverse races, religions, cultures and countries have partnered to present this event, including; Ambassadors to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago [Dr. Neil Parsan], Kosovo [Mr. Akan Ismaili], Morocco [Mr. Rachad Bouhlal], Panama [Mr. Mario Jaramillo] and the Republic of Botswana. Proceeds from the 2013 Ambassadors Inaugural Ball will support various domestic and international non-profit organizations, working diligently to make a difference in the lives of people in need and training the next generation of global leaders.
“The Ambassadors Ball will provide a monumental opportunity to congratulate the President on his reelection and honor his unwavering commitment to promoting peace and diplomacy throughout the world,” said Dr. Tebelelo Seretse.
Tickets may be purchased at http://ambassadors-ball.eventbrite.com
LIRA will also be performing at New York’s S.O.B’s on Wednesday, January 23rd. Tickets available at Ticket Web.
Few words come close to describing the rich, silky sound of South Africa’s preeminent female vocalist of the 21st century, LIRA. Widely regarded as South Africa’s top adult contemporary artist, LIRA has racked up an impressive series of achievements since launching her musical career, blazing a trail of accomplishments that few artists in the history of the continent can lay claim to – gracing the covers of an infinite number of fashion and lifestyle magazine, nine South African Music Awards and maintaining the largest Facebook following of any South African musician, with over 380,000 fans. Her flawless dossier boasts a multitude of accolades and nominations from SAMA, MTV Africa Awards, BET Awards, Channel O Awards and MOBO Awards as well as Glamour Magazine South Africa’s “Woman of the Year” and being named “Five Unique Artists Set to Change Music in 2012″ in Essence Magazine – all o f which have left an indelible impression on Africa-at-large.
LIRA was named one of the Top 100 Women Shaping Africa by Arise Magazine, she appeared in the May 2012 Re-Branding Africa issue of L’Uomo Vogue and was listed in Oprah Magazine South Africa’s 2012 Power List. Her poignant track “Change the World” will appear as the theme music in Oprah’s Winfrey forthcoming documentary, OWLAG, surrounding her Leadership Academy for Girls based in South Africa which will air on the OWN Network. LIRA has put out four multi-platinum selling albums on Sony Africa and her latest concert DVD LIRA: The Captured Tour has been certified Gold in Africa.
Growing up in the Daveyton township in Johannesburg’s East Rand, LIRA’s world was shaped by the harsh realities of South Africa’s formerly ubiquitous racial and socioeconomic arbiter: apartheid. However, the sociopolitical constraints leveled at her generation did little to inhibit the urbane aspirations and dampen their resilient spirit of transcendence. As part of a new cadre of African artists making waves stateside such as K’Naan, Nneka, and D’Banj, LIRA sees herself as an ambassador of the new Africa: a land where, despite a recent history filled with obstacles, a future brimming with infinite possibilities lies.
“We’re proud of being African, but there’s also a desire to be a part of the world. Part of the way we can raise the consciousness back home is when people see us rise on the world stage. We don’t do it for the individual, we do it for the entire group.”