Thursday, July 7, 2022

Lira captures Botswana Craft

As part of her Captured Tour, which has been running in her home country before crossing borders to Botswana, Lira indeed captured her fans on Friday night at Botswana Craft.

Clad in a gold and orange designer dress, the 32-year-old managed to hold her audience’s attention. Performing her third song for the evening, Lira had the audience in the palm of her hands. The audience sang along to Hamba with the songstress allowing them a chance to indulge within the music.
The song Call Me is about breaking up with someone but having a hard time in letting go and holding on to the possibility that maybe you and your ex can pick up where you left off. It’s about hoping your former partner would just pick up the phone and call you. Replaying the scenario on stage, women applauded and seemed to relate with the song more than their male counterparts.

When performing the song I’m a Believer, Lira somewhat seemed to go into a trance that saw her putting her best foot and dance for the hyped up audience. However, there seemed to be somewhat of a slow moment when she performed some songs.

It is when she performed her Soul in Mind that she got the women raving. Earlier in the afternoon at a press conference, Lira explained the inspiration behind the song.

According to her, the song is more of an encouragement to women to embrace themselves and be comfortable in their own skin. She said that often women have a thing against their bodies and, instead of celebrating their femininity through their bodies, they despair and forget that the body they despise when passing by the mirror carries them from A to B.

The show continued on a high note as Lira mixed songs from her albums. Ixhesha, which means ‘the time is now’, got the crowd back in the mood as they sang along to the song. The song seemed to be a favourite with the audience as almost everybody sang along.

Then followed Feel Good, which also somehow managed to keep the audience in check as they enjoyed the music.

The audience was, however, jolted when Lira paid a special tribute to Miriam Makeba, a woman whom she defined as being strong and having played a role in shaping her career as she looked up to her in so many ways. Starting with the click song, the songstress did not disappoint as her clicks indicated they were sung by a Xhosa woman. Lira then moved to Patapata to which the audience indulged in dance and did it the old way.

The show came to an end with the audience wanting some more as Lira’s four-man band had gone wild with their instrumentals.

The Friday performance marked an end to the Mascom Live Sessions that saw artist like Salif Keita, Oliver Mtukudzi, and Thomas Mapfumo, among others, performing.


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