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South African singer dedicates song to Obamas

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- 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.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 19, 2013 G2

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