Behind the Wheel with...

Lira

She describes herself as a “multi-platinum selling, multi-award winning singer, songwriter, fashion icon and entrepreneur from Daveyton in Ekurhuleni”. We go behind the wheel to find out more about our very own Miss Lira.

My favourite part of the country is…

Cape Town. I love the sea, the scenery and the lifestyle.

Songbird Lira loves being South African...

My favourite memory growing up in South Africa is of…

My family - I have a huge family with more than 40 cousins. I saw the affects of apartheid on them and I saw their resilience through it all. I also saw the power that music had to encourage a family through difficult times, keep us together and become a crucial part of our celebrations. My family had a big influence on my choice of career because all of them have a love for music, though none are actually musicians. 

My favourite local holiday destination is…

Also Cape Town! I enjoy that there are so many outdoor activities. I love taking a nice walk through town, along the beach, or going on a hike.

My fantasy guest and ultimate travel companion for the greatest road trip ever would be…

Oprah Winfrey – it would be great to just sit and chat to her without all the media and get to know the person behind the name. I would love to show our gorgeous country off to her on a road trip.

My favourite CD of all time is...

My latest release, Rise Again: The Reworked Hits Collection. It’s a compilation of my greatest hits. It may seem strange, but I do enjoy listening to my own music and while I listen to it, it does not feel like it’s mine. I'm able to remove myself from it and just enjoy.

My fantasy tour would be...

I would love to visit Asia, that’s one part of the world I would still like to tour.

My pet hate on the road is...

Bad drivers make it unpleasant for everyone. This includes slow drivers in the fast lane, straddlers and mean drivers who are not courteous.

I never travel without…

My music – it’s my favourite travel companion.

I think South Africans should be most proud of...

Our heritage. We have come a long way as a country and it’s our history and diversity that makes this country a great place to be.

All visitors to South Africa must travel to and experience...

Wow, there is so much! Mountains in the Drakensburg, stunning beaches all along the KZN coastline, wide open roads in the Free State and Northern Cape, stunning game and wildlife in Mpumalanga, and great outdoor activities in Cape Town. The Blue Train is also an exquisite experience. We have the best food and restaurants in the world. We also have amazing world-class hotels across the country at great prices.

My biggest road trip disaster was…

My band and I were on route to Bloemfontein and our trailer came loose and we saw it cruising past us on the road! You had to have been there to see the horror on everyone’s faces as we realised that all our instruments were inside the trailer and it was travelling faster than the car with no means of stopping. It miraculously stayed on the road, with no other cars ahead of it, until it lost momentum on the grass on the side of the road and eventually stopped undamaged.

Read more about Lira at www.misslira.com.