Celebrated South African songstress Lira will be performing at Kirstenbosch on Sunday, March 30, as part of the Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts series.
Lira is part of a growing movement of young South African artists incorporating the sounds of Soul and RnB with African influence penned in English and African languages. Dubbed Afro Soul, this genre has made a big impression on the South African music scene in recent years.
Lira , who originally hails from Johannesburg, counts among her earliest influences and inspirations the likes of Miriam Makeba, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone. Her name translates to “love” in Sesotho. She began performing live at the age of 16, singing both cover versions and self-penned songs.
Since the release of her second album ‘Feel Good’ in 2006, Lira has earned herself a place among the youngest and most celebrated artists in Africa. The muliti-platinum selling artist has performed on many important stages around the world.
She released her debut American album ‘Rise Again’, featuring songs from her African catalogue like ‘Feel Good’, ‘Phakade’ and ‘Rise Again’, in 2012.
* Tickets are R120 for adults and R85 for under 21’s. Book online at www.webtickets.co.za.
The concert will start at 5.30pm and last until 7pm. Gates open at 4pm.
For more information call 021 799 8783/8620, or visit www.sanbi.org.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is situated on Rhodes Avenue, Newlands.