Africa’s First Lady of Afro Soul, the divine Miss Lira, is headed to America’s capital come January 21st 2013, as she performs at Barack Obama’s second-term inauguration ball.
With her ever-graceful composure in the media’s eye, and her stage presence which some call silky and others say is scorching, Lira made no empty promises when she turned her gaze to the United States three years ago, fuelled with “big dreams” and set on enticing a global audience.
And entice the globe she has, as Obama’s inauguration ball- one of many held to thank the supporters and funders of his electoral campaign – is certainly no small event. In 2009, at the Neighbourhood Ball (the first of 10 similar events marking the President’s entry into the White House) Beyonce serenaded the President and First Lady through their opening dance. The evening also featured Jay-Z, Faith Hill, Shakira and Alicia Keys.
Set to give the performance of her life, on Sunday Lira tweeted: “Thanks guys. Its an honour beyond anything I’d imagined thus far. My band and I are extremely excited and are already preparing!”
Robin Kohl, Lira’s husband and manager, described the gig as “massive” as he gave the details:
“There are several themed balls that take place for the inauguration. There is a new addition with an African theme that focuses on African artists. Lira was short-listed for this and we are absolutely stoked to confirm that she will be performing.”
Lira and her band depart for Washington on 19th January 2013, and will perform two sets for Obama and 200 other heads of state.