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SA acts for Obama's bash - Lira, MiCasa and Masekela

By Zoë Mahopo | 2013-01-17 08:06:46.0 | COMMENTS [ 46 ]

"Go out there and make us proud," Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile told three local music acts who are joining a host of international artists who will perform at US President Barrack Obama's inauguration in Washington on Monday.

Speaking in Johannesburg yesterday, Mashatile told soul singer Lira, jazz legend Hugh Masekela and dance music outfit MiCasa that they should be proud of their African heritage because the whole of South Africa would be behind them.

Award-winning songbird Lira said she was proud to represent her country.

She said this was an opportunity for her and the other artists to show the world what Africa is made of.

"When you are out there, you must celebrate being African," she said.

Lira said Obama was a symbol of success for African people all over the world.

She also dropped a hint about what she would wear during her performance.

"It will be a huge African statement," she said, and added that it was designed by David Tlale who is coincidentally set to showcase his designs at the forthcoming New York Fashion Week.

Masekela, whose album Jabulani has just received a Grammy Award nomination, assured Mashatile that the Grammy would be "coming home".

Masekela said he had been asked to perform a tribute to former president Nelson Mandela by the African American Church Commission.

He told MiCasa not to be surprised by their sudden success. "Things that come from heritage will always stand forever."



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i lov her, wsh can get her 1 day in ma bed:)

2013-01-21 13:41:01.0 | 0 replies


so there are no white women married to black men in South Africa?
You really need to get out more

2013-01-17 15:56:13.0 | 0 replies

Mgeez, and of course there are no black racist women?????

2013-01-17 15:42:49.0 | 0 replies

you people are so racist!
No, MommaC. How come your women don't marry us? Are they racist?
Yes DJ some of them are and they find it extremely difficult to break away from the shackles that are binding them; because their parents still hold the keys to the padlocks that binds the shackles together.

2013-01-17 15:18:28.0 | 0 replies

DJ Winner - Tokoy Sexwale and his Judy. You want to go one, one now?

2013-01-17 15:14:17.0 | 0 replies

amazing hey! they are so jealous of the her white husband ......... thou they claim she is not a beauty!
eat your heart out guys! LOL
I am the one who mentioned that: to say Lira is beautiful is sensationalism; however if you read my post above you would realize that I argued my case within certain parameters and never mentioned who she is married to, because I care less. My wife; whom I adore very much is adequate for me!!!! So just for debating purposes or opinion posting purposes; inform your comments otherwise you are going to be milking a bull like so many on this blog!!!

2013-01-17 15:12:06.0 | 0 replies

yes Lira can sing shame .. looks can be deceiving guys

2013-01-17 15:09:54.0 | 0 replies


Too true hey :)
DJ thinks she has a big mouth but is green about not being able to marry her.

2013-01-17 14:41:25.0 | 0 replies

just like Unathi Msengana, I dont see beauty in these two ladies, but they have a good personality and i love them for that, and jah asblf can Lira please close the mouth, i looooooooove her music

Lira, is a Mosotho not Mopedi
Lira is from a area called ga-Molepo, and she did say so herself on morning life, she went on to say she expresses herself better in zulu, than ka Sepedi, when she was asked why there arent any songs of hers in Sepedi
then it means she doesnt know where she comes from, cause she was once on 3talkWithNoeleen and said she is Sotho contrary to popular belief that she's Zulu, in she was born in Daveyton in the East Rand... Molapo is her Surname, Lerato Molapo

2013-01-17 13:39:54.0 | 0 replies

Mashatile you sound shy and lost is it Mangaung defeat? These are our great artist you could have said more... next ask perhaps Nomvula to say something....

2013-01-17 12:41:32.0 | 0 replies

You fall in love with who you fall in love with. Why is that such an issue? Are you all jealous or are you all just pathetic?

I was lucky, I fell in love with a white man. If I had fallen in love with a black woman back in the 1980's it would have been difficult. She fell in love with a white man. So bloody what?

2013-01-17 16:00:32.0 | 0 replies