SAfrican Lira Dedicating Zulu Love Song to Obamas

The singer says she wants to honor the "inspiring couple."

Posted: 01/18/2013 11:04 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African singing sensation Lira says she will dedicate a Zulu love song to United States President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, when she performs at Monday's inaugural ball in Washington, D.C.

Lira says she is blown away by the invitation. She told South African talk show host Redi Tlhabi her career has "gone way beyond my wildest dreams ... I'm extremely excited, it blows my mind."

On Talk Show Radio 702 this week Lira promised to dedicate a song of her own composition called "Ngiyazifela" to America's first couple. "It talks about being so in love with one's partner and I think Michelle and Obama are such an inspiring couple, I just want to pay a tribute to that." Ngiyazifela is Zulu slang for being madly in love.


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