Lira is in demand. Pinning her down for an interview is almost impossible. Named as one of Glamour magazine's Women of 2009 and winner of the 15thannual MTN SAMusic Awards best album category, she has not only arrived but is ahead of most in the game. The MTN award was not her only one; she scooped up four of the six she had been nominated for. "Immediately afterwards it really had not sunk in,� she says. "But on the plane to Cape Town the next day I had people congratulating me in a way that showed they felt like they had also triumphed that night.� This year Lira won again. She was named best female solo artist for her DVD Live in Concert: A Celebration. "If I look back on the past four years, the most amazing thing to me is the way that I have been able to break new ground in a country that was previously built on division.� � Karabo Keepile

Lunch spot: George's on Fifth, Parkhurst, Johannesburg