Award winning South African adult contemporary recording artist Lira and prominent band Mi Casa will join celebrated West African DJ Anané Vega and Her Excellency Ambassador Tebelelo Seretse of the Republic of Botswana to the United States in a press meet and greet to formally announce their involvement in the 2013 Ambassadors Inaugural Ball. Taking place in Washington, DC in honor of United States President, Barack Obama following the official swearing in ceremonies on January 21, 2013. The illustrious event will be held at the The Mead Center for American Theater, Home of the Arena Stage . Acclaimed American DJ Biz Markie will be featured on the main stage, other VIPS and celebrities will be announced in the coming days.
Nine time South African Award Winner and BET International nominee, LIRA, is widely regarded as South Africa’s top adult contemporary artist. With a career spanning 9 years, the singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist has released four studio albums and two live DVD’s. Always wanting to push the envelope and be recognized as a global African Icon, LIRA is the first African artist to have released a Concert Film on Blu-ray in 2009. Actively engaging her fans LIRA has grown her social media community to the largest of any other African artist to date. A phenomenal performer, career highlights include opening up the 2010 FIFA World Cup Ceremony, performing on Nelson Mandela’s 92nd Birthday and numerous festivals across the globe including the Berlin Jazz Festival and Middem. Her best of compilation, entitled “Rise Again” was released on iTunes in 2012, to international audiences. Working with numerous NGO’s and Organizations to bring forth change and awareness to the youth of South Africa through education and mentorship, LIRA’s broader message is mirrored by her intentionally positive and empowering lyrical content. She is the voice of the young urban African, working towards a brighter future.
Popular South African band Mi Casa is known worldwide for their unique and original sound band members (Dr. Duda; producer/DJ, J-Something; vocalist/guitarist and Mo-T; Trumpeter) blend their musical talent to create an unsurpassed and soulful sound.
From the islands off the West Coast of Africa, Anané Vega is described by Billboard magazine das “combining earthiness with glamour and roots-deep house music knowledge with pop wise diversity”. Most recently, the singer, songwriter, producer and DJ follows released; Ananesworld a mixture of dance, reggae, rock, R&B soul, world and Caribbean influences.
The legendary Biz Markie brings more than 26 years of solid hip-hop acumen and an overwhelming fan-base that stretches from New York City to Japan to Europe. At the age of 14, Marcel Hall dazzled his neighborhood under the alias of Biz Markie. His music scene debut began in 1985 as a beat box for Roxanne Shante of the Juice Crew. From then Biz began constructing his own destiny in the mystifying world of rap and hip-hop. Now 26 years older and immensely wiser, Biz continues to be universally praised by the ever-fickle and unforgiving hip-hop industry. No easy feat to accomplish, Biz is the definition of longevity and has managed to remain one of the most notable artists and DJs in the industry.