Lira, South African singer/model/ actress, had already conquered South Africa and much of Europe with her irresistible blend of R&B, Jazz and African styles when she released her debut U.S. single Feel Good and her debut album Rise Again as a part of the Shanachie Entertainment family on April 29, 2014. Like Sade and Jonathan Butler before her, Lira set her sights on America. With her debut release and a U.S. tour in the works, Lira is clearly poised for a major stateside breakthrough.
Rise Again is the perfect introduction to the full-spectrum of Lira’s originality. Songs such as With My Eyes and Typical highlight her sultry vocal tone on songs that deal with the subtleties of passionate affairs, the girl-boy game. Rise Again, Feel Good, and Believer are all upbeat, inspirational, feel good anthems that displays Lira’s ability to speak to the heart. She puts some of that reggae flavor on us with Valley of Darkness and Call Me. Ixesha [the horn section is smokin’], Hamba [sweet!], and Phakade [smooth] are all African-language sons that bring South African musical textures to the fore and put her voice on Front Street.
Born in the mist of Apartheid, the stunning artist shares, “Music changed my world forever It was the companion and silent warrior that spoke for us when we were not able to.” All of the songs on Rise Again are written or co-written by Lira, except the deeply moving Something Inside So Strong written by Labi Siffre. Lira performed the song for Nelson Mandela at his 90th birthday celebration
Rise Again is a great volume of work. The words are stirring, the music is uplifting, and her delivery is awe-inspiring. Lira, welcome to America. Highly Recommended … ABYSSJazz