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Lira excited to perform for Obama

Johannesburg -

South African singer Lira is excited to perform at an inauguration ball for American president Barack Obama in January, she said on Wednesday.

South African singer Lira is excited to perform at an inauguration ball for American president Barack Obama in January. PICTURE: DAVID RITCHIE. Credit: INLSA

“I'm very excited. I got the invite about three weeks ago,” she said in Pretoria.

“The president will be present during my performance and I hope I get to meet him.”

During the inauguration taking place in Washington on January 21, Lira will perform two sets for about 200 people at the African-themed ball -one of the 10 official balls.

She said December had been a busy month and she had not had the time to think of which songs to sing.

“I kind of have to exist one week at a time... I have some ideas, but I have not really planned it, I wouldn't want to lie.”

Lira and her band are expected to leave on January 19.

The songbird was chosen from a shortlist of African musicians nominated to perform at the ball. - Sapa

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