South African Star Lira: 'I Feel Like I'm Living the Life I Was Meant to Live'

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A star in her own right, Lira has four platinum selling albums and has shared the stage with Alicia Keys, John Legend, and Hugh Masekela.

Her latest U.S. release, "Rise Again," is out now and available online. In the first part of our conversation, which took place days after the BET Awards (where she was nominated for the Best International Act: Africa award, Lira opened up about her deliberate choice to tell a different African story: growing up in apartheid South Africa and her relationship with the African Diaspora community. Click here to listen again.

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While she's no stranger to the big lights, her music, which she calls "Afro Soul" that speaks "the human condition," reflects an innate commitment to the tenets of equality, love, and freedom. That commitment is also reflected through the work she does with the Nelson Mandela Children's Foundation.

In part two of our conversation, below, Lira (a former accountant) recalls how she overcame her fear of failure and why she thinks it's so important to nurture your gifts.

Next time on Home, from Home: Afro-Parisian "groove theorist," Bibi Tanga. He and his band will perform at Grand Performances on July 28.

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I'm an award-winning broadcaster and cultural observer. In addition to hosting Home, from Home, I am the US correspondent for Britain's 'Colourful Radio' and a producer on KCRW. I've hosted shows for BBC TV and Radio, and behind t...
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