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Miriam Makeba
Lira and Rashida Jolley are setting the music world on fire

Two singers I had never heard in concert performed in the area last month, and I was so glad I changed my plans at the last minute to go to the shows because they were amazing. One is South African singer Lira who performed at Ramshead in Annapolis July 25. The other is singer and harpist Rashida Jolley a former Miss D.C. who performed at B. Smith's in Union Station July 17. These young women's musical styles are very different, but they both have touching stories and both were personable and humble when I met them. "I'm a hugger," said Jolley with a large smile as she worked the crowd at B. Smith's. Jolley had performed her first single a few days earlier...