Standard Bank has unveiled South Africa’s award-winning vocalist Lerato Molapo better known by her stage name as Lira as the headline artist for this year’s inaugural ‘Blue Mingoli’ Music concert scheduled for October 24 in Lilongwe.
Lira will share the stage with Malawi’s own crooner Lawrence Khwisa, known on stage as Lulu.
Rated by The Star newspaper of South Africa as the “foremost adult contemporary female solo artist in South Africa”, Lira is an 11 times South African Music Award (SAMA) winning Afro-Soul vocalist whose music is a fusion of soul, funk, and Afro-jazz.
Unveiling Lira at Chameleon during a curtain-raiser show by Nesnes and Eunice Mhango, Head of Personal and Business Banking Margaret Kubwalo Chaika said the bank is proud to be hosting Lira during the concert.
“Lira is a musician who is on top of her game in contemporary music in South Africa. She leads the pack of Afro-pop and jazz divas on the continent and her resume as a platinum award-winning musician speaks volumes about her repertoire,” she said.
In an audio message to her fans in Malawi, released by Standard Bank Lira says she looks forward to her performance.
“This is Lira. I am so excited to be performing at this year’s Blue Mingoli concert on the 24th of October. I have heard a lot about the warm heart of Africa and what it has to offer and I’m truly honoured to be invited to headline this event.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to wish all the supporting acts all of the best. I am confident that together we will give a memorable concert. See you there!” she said.