LIRA

Her US tour: raw and hon­est

CityPress - - Front Page - SIYABONGA SIT­HOLE siyabonga.sit­hole@city­press.co.za

Lira is set to burn up the small screen with a new re­al­ity TV se­ries called Dream Chaser USA.

Although it is not yet clear which broad­caster will be flight­ing the new seven- part se­ries, an an­nounce­ment is ex­pected in the next week or so.

“Ne­go­ti­a­tions with a few po­ten­tial part­ners are at an ad­vanced stage,” said her hus­band and manager, Robin Kohl, on Thurs­day.

The Davey­ton- born singer said they were work­ing on the fi­nal de­tails of a soon- to- be- an­nounced deal with a few TV chan­nels lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

She said the minis­eries was an “hon­est and raw” take on her life and times in the US dur­ing a twom­onth “tax­ing tour sched­ule”, which in­cluded TV and ra­dio in­ter­views, and “limo rides with Ste­vie Won­der’s peo­ple”.

In a ca­reer span­ning 13 years, the Feel Good star, born Ler­ato Mo­lapo, feels she has done it all at home. She said the self- funded project was a re­sult of a long­stand­ing dream to take on the world and win.

At a func­tion at the Jaz­zworx stu­dios in Rand­burg on Wed­nes­day, Lira said Dream Chaser USA was an at­tempt to doc­u­ment her jour­ney in the US in the build- up to the Amer­i­can de­but re­lease of her al­bum Rise Again.

She said the se­ries also show­cased her back-up group, The Love Band, per­form­ing at var­i­ous venues and trav­el­ling with her.

“I un­der­stand, like I did when I started my ca­reer, that for me to con­quer the Amer­i­can mar­ket, I would have to start from scratch,” she said.

And for her, per­form­ing for 300 peo­ple at var­i­ous US venues is a re­minder of how it was when she started her mu­sic ca­reer in 2003.

“I have no il­lu­sions about the Amer­i­can mar­ket and start­ing from scratch is the only way to make in­roads into a mar­ket not many artists suc­ceed in,” she said.

Lira’s fa­ther and step­mother live in the US, and she said see­ing them af­ter many months was won­der­ful.

She spent time with them be­fore her tour be­gan in the state of Ge­or­gia.

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