South African afro-soul and contemporary R’n’B artiste Lerato Molapo, popularly known as Lira, together with local songbird, Samantha Mogwe, on Friday put up sterling performances at Botswanacraft and gave revelers value for their money.
With other gigs across the city, including the BDF Band at SSKB, Sereetsi & The Natives at Maitisong and a star-studded BOPEU festival featuring Tshepo Tshola at Molapo Piazza, the Mascom Live Sessions defied the odds and attracted a decent crowd despite the P300.00 ticket.
For those familiar with previous performances by the two artists, there however weren’t many surprises. But what the soulful ladies lacked in new shockers, they compensated for with the vigour that saw the sizeable crowd enthusiastically singing and dancing along to the familiar tunes.
Samantha’s title track ‘Transitions’ proved a crowd favourite among her other songs and her collaboration with rapper, Zeus, seemed to strike a chord with revelers.
The show headliner, Lira, as usual did not disappoint. Her hour-long performance kept revelers on their feet as she took them down memory lane with songs from her previous albums.
Ever in her element, Lira connected well with her audience sharing her life story in song. Before dishing out her track ‘Xesha’, Lira told revelers that the song was inspired by her frustrations during her early days in the music industry. She told of how after leaving her ‘eight to five’ job at an accounting firm for her music career she was frustrated by her record label 999, but eventually rose above the challenges to realize her full potential.
The show ended at midnight with revelers calling for an encore.