Lira Biography, Age, Husband, Parents, Careers, Albums & Singles

Lira (born Lerato Lira Molapo; 14 March 1979 in Daveyton) is a South African singer. The Sesotho translation of her name is “love” and she speaks four (4) languages.

Lira Biography
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After she emerged winner of a competition for young talents, singers and songwriters, she began a live stage performance at the age of 16. She then started singing cover versions and self-penned songs.

Age

Her date of birth is on 14th March 1979 and her place of birth is in Daveyton, South Africa. Lira is 41 years old (2020).

Parents

The name of Lira’s parents is Khanyapa Molapo and Buyi Radebe Lichaba. Her name translated to ‘love ‘ in Sisetho.

Husband

Lira was married to Robin Kohl in 2009 after they dated for five (5) years since 2004. The couple was joined together in holy matrimony in a private wedding in Mauritius. 

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The couple dedicated most of their time to their music career and revealed that it was the reason why they did not have any children.

Career

In the year 2000, Lira was found by Arthur Mafokate, a musician and producer, and signed her under his record label, 999 Music.

After three (3) years, 2003, she dropped her first album titled, All My Love, with the help of her label.

She left 999 Music to team up with Victor Mngomezulu, a keyboardist, Tshepo Sekele, a bassist, and Robin Kohl, a producer.

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In 2006 Lira dropped her debut major-label album on Sony Music Africa. The song became the most played local song at radio stations in South Africa.

She received five (5) nominations at the South African Grammy Awards. She was nominated for Best New Artist, Best Female Artist, Best R&B Album, Best Single, and Best Video.

Lira dropped her sophomore album titled, Soul in Mind in 2008, which gained many South African Award Nominations. She went home with the Album of the Year prize. 

In 2009, she dropped the DVD Live in Concert: A celebration that showcased a performance at the Carnival City Casino in Boksburg. The DVD earned triple platinum status. 

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In January 2011, Lira dropped her third studio album titled, Return to Love and also released the five-track The Lira EP the same year.

Albums

  • Feel Good (2006)
  • Soul in Mind (2008)
  • Lira Live in Concert: A Celebration (2009)
  • Return to Love (2011)
  • The LIRA EP (2011)
  • Rise Again (2014)
  • Born Free (2016)

Singles

  • “All My Love” (2003)
  • “Feel Good” (2006)
  • “Ixesha” (2007)
  • “Wa Mpaleha” (2008)
  • “Phakade” (2010)
  • “Rise Again” (2011)
  • “Mali” (2012)


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  1. I read about her appointment in the Sunday Times headlines , but not the article . It made me curious and I checked her biography on the internet . This unfortunately covers only her musical career up to 2011.Nothing about education or experience in relation to running an enterprise like Transnet except apparently having been married to an ex -CEO who seemed not have made a roaring success of Transnet. Of course I wish her all the best in taking up this challenge ,but with the lack of background info I seriously doubt if she has a chance.I hope this is not going to cost the taxpayer another heap of money to keep this going . We have seen more than enough of that . I wish the lady all the best and will be watching Transnet with interest .

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