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Tuesday, 12 March 2024 23:00

Lira is returning to the stage after suffering from a stroke two years ago.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Picture: miss_lira/Instagram.

Lerato "Lira" Molapo is set to make her first big appearance at the Bassline Fest, which will take place at Constitution Hill, after suffering a stroke while in Germany two years ago.

The multi-platinum-selling singer, songwriter, speaker, entrepreneur and author was left unable to read, write or speak.

"I have been practising to perform as part of my recovery and have come to accept that the old Lira is gone," said the award winning muso.

"I wondered who the new Lira would be, and I have been getting to know her. I feel ready to share her with the public," said Lira.

"I am so excited and looking forward to being on stage again to perform at Bassline Fest Africa Day Celebration on Saturday, May 25.

"What makes this performance extra special is that we are celebrating 30 years of democracy in South Africa, the new Lira, and Bassline's 30th Anniversary.

"I have so much to be grateful for, and I look forward to seeing you at Constitution Hill Square on Africa Day."

Bassline Fest's Brad Holmes is delighted to host Lira's return and spoke of how her comeback culminates with other significant milestones in the country.

"We welcome Lira back onto stage as we celebrate many occasions; Lira's return, Africa Day, 30 years of our Democracy and 30 years of Bassline. Bassline has been promoting original music from the whole of our African Continent since September 1994!"

Lira explains, "My stroke was a blessing as it has given me a second chance at life."

Many people survive having a stroke, but the damage to their brain leaves them permanently scarred and unable to move their bodies.

"I feel fortunate that physically I have not been affected, and the new me has accepted that my brain has been damaged, so I speak slower and need to learn to stay calm as stress affects my ability to communicate."

"I'm still recovering, and I will get better with time, and I'm so grateful for that."

The Department of Sport Arts and Culture in association with alcohol brand Caste Lite are teaming up to bring the award-winning singer on stage at Constitution Hill on May 25.

This won't be her first performance since the stroke though. Last year while in the audience at the RMB Starlight Classics, she was invited on stage by Katlego Maboe for an impromptu performance.

Besides Lira’s performance, Bassline Fest attendees can expect an African artisanal market selling all manner of exquisitely creative African food, arts and crafts, bars, and other food and drink stalls.