Audio/Video: Lira, South Africa's Songstress

Watch Phakade and stream Feel Good from South Africa's afro-soul songstress Lira.

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Afro-soul songstress Lira won Album of the Year the the 2009 South African Music Awards for the excellent Soul in Mind LP. She now continues to break barriers, having recently received global media features such as being named one of "Five Unique Artists Set to Change Music in 2012" by Essence Magazine, as well as spreads in L'uomo Vogue, amongst others.

In her newest album Rise Again, Lira showcases her confidence and happiness —  new single "Feel Good" plays like a marriage between a Stevie Wonder jam and Miriam Makeba. Part of a new cadre of African artists making moves stateside, Lira sees herself as an ambassador for the new Africa, "We're proud of being African, but there’s also a desire to be a part of the world. Part of the way we can raise the consciousness back home is when people see us rise on the world stage. We don’t do it for the individual, we do it for the entire group." Watch her video for "Phakade" above and stream "Feel Good" below.

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The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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