South African singer, Lerato Molapo, known as Lira, will be playing live on the Afternoon Drive with Xolani Gwala on Friday.
Born in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, Lira always mentions that she grew up listening to well known talented artists, including Stevie Wonder and Miriam Makeba.
She started writing her own songs when she was a teenager.
Lira, whose music career spans 13 years, and includes six studio albums, three live DVD’s, an autobiography and a movie, will be singing some of the songs from her new album, Born Free.
This album breaks Lira’s five-year silence.
When asked to elaborate on the significance of the title, she said:
I grew up in a world where I faced so many limitations. I realised defining freedom for myself and subsequently living it was what I needed to do. In exploring this, the concept of “Born Free” became clearer. I want people to realise how powerful they are and that they can own their freedom. This album has become more than a body of musical work, it seeks to inspire and create change – physically and most importantly, mentally.— Lira, South African singer
Lira says the Born Free album is her best record yet, and listeners should expect to hear definitive growth and boldness.
Listen to Lira playing, and her interview with Afternoon Drive's Xolani Gwala.