SA singer stars in Italian film

2011-06-29 11:34
Cape Town - South African singer Lira was a guest at the recent Taormina film festival in Italy, where the film The Italian Consul was screened. She stars in a lead role opposite Italian actress Giuliana De Sio.

The Italian film, which focuses on human trafficking, is a co-production with South Africa and was shot in Cape Town. The film will next be shown at a film festival in Japan.

Lira sat at the same table as American filmmaker Oliver Stone at a dinner held in his honour.

Sing a song

She attracted attention when Stone asked her to sing a song, which led to a lot of exposure on local TV stations.

Antonio Falduto, director of The Italian Consulate, saw Lira’s photo on a magazine cover and approached her for a role in his film.

She plays a model who later has to work as a prostitute.

Lira's music is a mixture of Afro-pop, R&B and Jazz. She is currently touring Europe with Hugh Masekela.


  • Sami - 2011-06-30 14:47

    It's pleasant to see black women breaking free from stereotypes and leaving their footprints in jistory. way to go Lira! *Whoop!

  • Gary - 2012-03-15 21:47

    The Italian Film, The Italian Consulate, Directed by Antonio Falduto, the film which stars Guliana Desio and south african singer Lira was recently shown at the Taormina Film Festival in Italy and a Film Festival in Japan.

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