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Premiere African Artists Lira, Mi Casa, DJ Anane’ Vega Join Republic of Botswana Ambassador Seretse to Announce Participation in 2013 Ambassadors Inaugural Ball in US

WASHINGTON, DC, December 13, 2012—Award winning South African  adult contemporary recording artist Lira and prominent band Mi Casa will join celebrated West African DJ Anané Vega and Her Excellency Ambassador Tebelelo Seretse of the Republic of Botswana to the United States in a press meet and greet to formally announce their involvement in the 2013 Ambassadors Inaugural Ball. Taking place in Washington, DC in honor of United States President, Barack Obama following the official swearing in ceremonies on January 21, 2013. The illustrious event will be held at the The Mead Center for American Theater, Home of the Arena Stage . Acclaimed American DJ Biz Markie will be featured on the main stage, other VIPS and celebrities will be announced in the coming days. The Johannesburg press event will take place Saturday, December 15, 2013 in the main lobby of the Michelangelo Hotel located at 135 West Street, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandown, 20146 at 10:00am.

The Ambassadors Inaugural Ball will include a stirring tribute, honoring President Barack & First Lady Michelle Obama . Participating in this tribute will be other Heads of State, Ambassadors, Dignitaries, Consul Generals, and key Embassy officials. This event will also be attended by members of the United States Congress, State Department officials, cabinet members, appointees, as well as, other luminaries of politics and business. The 2013 Ambassadors Inaugural Ball: Promoting International Peace, Unity & Diplomacy will be hosted exclusively by the international Ambassadors community. With over 2,000 expected guests, this soiree will be one of the most memorable inauguration events. Host committee members representing a myriad of diverse races, religions, cultures and countries have partnered to present this event, including; Ambassadors to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago , Kosovo , Morocco, Panama and the Republic of Botswana. "The Ambassadors Ball will provide a monumental opportunity to congratulate the President on his reelection and honor his unwavering commitment to promoting peace and diplomacy throughout the world," said Her Excellency Dr. Tebelelo Seretse .

Proceeds from the 2013 Ambassadors Inaugural Ball will support various domestic and international non profit organizations, working diligently to make a difference in the lives of people in need and training our next generation of global leaders. "We are pleased to offer financial assistance to worthy organizations," said Robert Shumake Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Botswana to the United States. "We welcome the support of corporate and philanthropic interests willing to invest in these worthwhile groups and causes."

The 2013 Ambassadors Inaugural Ball has premier sponsorship packages available. Sponsorship of the 2013 Ambassadors Inaugural Ball provides an excellent means to contribute to the worldwide humanitarian efforts being supported. For information about the Ambassadors Ball and sponsorship packages, contact event manager Elite Socialite Events, LLC at (202) 594-3151or

Tickets may be purchased at Follow the 2013 Ambassadors Inaugural Ball Visit the official Ambassadors Inaugural Ball website at Visit Facebook at AmbassadorsInauguralBall/447685975288253 and Twitter @AmbassadorBall To secure press credentials or arrange interviews contact Trea Davenport, Director of Public Relations of 2013 Ambassadors Inaugural Ball or via US Press Office +1 678 327 8281. AMB2013 Producer of the Ambassadors Inaugural Ball; the quintessential celebration of diplomacy among diverse races, religions, cultures and countries. AMB2013 promulgated peace and humanity for mankind and sets aside political views and aligning with domestic and international partners that  celebrate global peace.

Lira Nine time South African Award Winner and BET International nominee,  LIRA, is widely regarded as South Africa’s top adult contemporary artist. With a career spanning 9 years, the singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist has released four studio albums and two live DVD’s. Always wanting to push the envelope and be recognized as a global African Icon, LIRA is the first African artist to have released a Concert Film on Bluray in 2009. Actively engaging her fans LIRA has grown her social media community to the largest of any other African artist to date. A phenomenal performer, career highlights include opening up the 2010 FIFA World Cup Ceremony, performing on Nelson Mandela’s 92nd Birthday and numerous festivals across the globe including the Berlin Jazz Festival and Middem. Her best of compilation, entitled “Rise Again” was released on iTunes in 2012, to international audiences. Working with numerous NGO’s and Organizations to bring forth change and awareness to the youth of South Africa through education and mentorship, LIRA’s broader message is mirrored by her intentionally positive and empowering lyrical content. She is the voice of the young urban African, working towards a brighter future.

Mi Casa Popular South African band Mi Casa is known worldwide for their unique and original sound band members (Dr.  Duda; producer/DJ, J-Something; vocalist/guitarist and Mo-T; Trumpeter) blend their musical talent to create an unsurpassed and soulful sound.

Anané Vega From the islands off the West Coast of Africa, Anané Vega is described by Billboard magazine das “combining earthiness with glamour and roots-deep house music  knowledge with pop wise diversity”. Most recently, the singer, songwriter, producer and DJ follows released;  Ananesworld a mixture of dance, reggae, rock, R&B soul, world and Caribbean influences.

Her Excellency Ambassador Tebelelo Seretse Tebelelo Seretse (Nee) Mazile became Ambassador of Botswana to the United States on February 16, 2011. From 1999 until 2004 she served in the government of Botswana. She was Minister of Works, Transport & Communications from February 2002- October 2004; Minister of Trade Industry, Wildlife & Tourism from September 2000-January 2002; Acting Minister for Presidential Affairs from January 2000-August 2000; and Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs from
October 1999-December 1999.She served as Senior Research officer from 1978-1984 at the Bank of Botswana, and Finance Manager for BP Botswana (Pty) Ltd from 1984 - 1989. She has been a member of a variety of boards, at different times,from 1996-2010, including Denel, Bank of Botswana, Debswana Diamond Company, and Botswana Insurance Holding Ltd, and has served as a chairperson of the Labour Advisory Board, RPC Data, Funeral Services Group, and Diragake (Pty) Ltd. She was Director of the board of Excess Petroleum (Pty) Ltd. She was head of the African delegation group for the Fourth World Trade Organisation, Ministerial Conference in DOHA in 2001. Seretse has been a member of the Law Society of Botswana and Admitted  Attorney since 1995, and is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Honour Society for Economics. Since 2009 she has been a member of the Central Committee Botswana Democratic Party.

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