Lira to open con­cert for Amer­i­can sen­sa­tion

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KARISHMA DIPA

SOUTH African song­bird Lira will set the mood at this week­end’s Robin Thicke con­cert in Ekurhu­leni as she opens up for the US su­per­star.

This is as the Feel Good hit­maker head­lines the mu­si­cal gath­er­ing in Boks­burg, ahead of Thicke’s much an­tic­i­pated per­for­mance.

The plat­inum-sell­ing songstress will take to the stage along­side DJ Ken­zhero, who re­cently joined lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion Kaya FM.

The R&B star, whose real name is Ler­ato Mo­lapo, is orig­i­nally from Ekurhu­leni, and her home­town is so proud of her that it re­cently erected a mon­u­ment bear­ing her face at the en­trance of Davey­ton.

Mo­lapo is one of the most suc­cess­ful South African singers and has won 11 South African Mu­sic Awards (Sa­mas), with seven al­bums un­der her belt.

As one of South Africa’s most cel­e­brated ex­ports, the Afro-soul vo­cal­ist is ex­pected to add a per­fect fu­sion of soul, funk, jazz and African el­e­ments to the evening’s sound.

Mean­while, Ken­zhero, whose real name is Ken­neth Nzama, is also no stranger to the lo­cal mu­sic scene.

The ac­claimed DJ has been keep­ing crowds on their feet for nearly two decades and con­tin­ues to do so with his ul­ti­mate mix show The Sound Supreme on Kaya FM.

Fol­low­ing the pair’s per­for­mances, US singer, song­writer and record pro­ducer Thicke will ser­e­nade the crowd.

Thicke has col­lab­o­rated with sev­eral artists, in­clud­ing Christina Aguil­era, Nicki Mi­naj, Phar­rell Wil­liams and Usher.

He is best known for his hits Blurred Lines, Lost With­out You, Get Her Back, The Sweet­est Love and Love Af­ter War.

The con­cert will be held on Sun­day evening at the Birch­wood Ho­tel & OR Tambo Con­fer­ence Cen­tre.

Tick­ets are still avail­able at Com­puticket and cost be­tween R350 and R1 250.

PIC­TURE: DUMISANI SIBEKO

GEARED UP: Afro-soul singer Lira and DJ Ken­zhero will set the mood for Sun­day’s show.

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