Lira dedicating Zulu love song to Obamas

2013-01-20 16:34

Johannesburg - South African singing sensation Lira says she will dedicate a Zulu love song to US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle when she performs at Monday's inaugural ball in Washigton.

Lira says she is blown away by the invitation. She said in an interview with talk show host Redi Tlhabi her career has "gone way beyond my wildest dreams ... I'm extremely excited, it blows my mind".

She says her own composition, called Ngiyazifela, will pay tribute to the love the Obamas share.

"I think Michelle and Obama are such an inspiring couple, I just want to pay a tribute to that."

Ngiyazifela is Zulu slang for being madly in love.

Meanwhile, City Press has revealed what the dress looks like with which Lira'll wow the US president and woo the international crowd at his inaugural ball.

The dress, an off-shoulder, body-hugging sequined cheetah print by David Tlale, weighs a whopping 8kg.

There are elements of Chantilly lace, Swarovski crystals and a feather to create some drama. One arm is embellished with strands of beads and chains blended with gun metal.

ā€œIā€™m very excited. I think we managed to capture the African royalty look. I look undeniably African,ā€ said the star.


  • xoli.mbambo - 2013-01-20 16:57

    l think Lira hoping Obama will make her a second wife. Sorry cc this not Africa.

  • Kaifas.Maja - 2013-01-20 17:01

    Your doing great things, keep on rising african child.

  • athalia.maabane - 2013-01-20 17:33

    What a fantastic achievement. This gal is going places. She is such a humbled, and down to earth person. Well done and all the best Lira!!!

  • frangelico.paizes - 2013-01-20 18:10

    Lira,you go out there & show them girl,the whole of South Africa is behind you & proud of your fantastic achievment,we are one nation white,black,indian,coloured.We all stand behind you as one.

  • metja.ledwaba.75 - 2013-01-20 18:23

    That is beautiful.@xoli mbabo,you are jealous and ugly it is not lira's fault that you were born stupid and talentless.what is wrong with you?#ona le mona tjo. #jeses#

      Tshepiso Tshepi Moima - 2013-01-21 09:47

      mmmm this is awsum i agree :Jelous ke ya eng insted of embracing or Artist ,jelous donwn .Lira u desrve it niether what go n show dem wt Africans we made of

  • sibongiseni.qobo - 2013-01-20 23:15

    There is a spelling error in this article how unprofessional

  • philile.khanyile.5 - 2013-01-21 08:02

    Animal prints, can't she wear something else. If you're from africa do you have to wear animals everytime. I LOVE LIRA, but the dress no no no!!

  • dayne.nel - 2013-01-21 09:08

    "Washigton"????. Washington D.C "I think Michelle and Obama are such an inspiring couple" It is Michelle and Barack. Obama is the surname

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