Award-winning singer-songwriter Lorraine Lionheart, a native of Botswana, will be the featured performer for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Celebration on June 2.
Influenced by her Botswana heritage, Lionheart performs her stunning version of “A Life Lived With Grace,” the Commonwealth Song. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrates the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
This is the singer’s second engagement for the Royal Family as she previously performed for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan in 2018.
One of the UK’s leading African music artists, Lorraine Lionheart has always honored her Botswana heritage. She recently traveled to Botswana, Zambia and South Africa to shoot a music video for “A Life Lived With Grace,” including choirs and traditional dance groups set against the beautiful landscape of the three Commonwealth countries.
“I am delighted to hear about this outstanding young musician, Lorraine Lionheart, whose efforts to support and promote the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons song for the Commonwealth is greatly appreciated by all of us,” said Bruno Peek, Pageantmaster, The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons. “ I hope that Botswana will give her the accolades and praise that she so richly deserves!”
“Lorraine Lionheart is a highly talented, delightful young musician who is proud of her own cultural heritage and is very keen to promote and celebrate Botswana’s brilliant musicians and artists,” said Alison Cox, Founder and Chair of Trustees, The Commonwealth Resounds.
Lorraine Lionheart was born and raised in the Kalahari Desert of Botswana and is currently based in England UK. She was named Music Artist and Entertainer of the Year 2015 at the Awe Awards in Geneva. She has headlined festivals and performed in numerous countries, including Norway, Sweden, Hong Kong, South Africa, Switzerland, Nigeria, Botswana, Zambia, Ghana and the United Kingdom. Lionheart has appeared at other high profile events such as the 2nd Annual African Capital Market Conference & EMEA Finance African Banking Awards in London.
In addition to her accomplishments as a singer, songwriter and producer, Lorraine is a lecturer, music scholar and entrepreneur. She holds a Bachelor of Science Honors degree in Music Technology and Management, a Masters of Arts Degree in Music Production.
A PhD candidate at SOAS University of London doing ethnomusicological research on indigenous sounds of Africa, the singer says she is committed to using her platform to encourage African youth to study African cultures and to assist the less privileged to access.
“I believe it was very important for me to know who I am, love who I am and understand that there is greater purpose in my musical gifts as I share them with the world,” she says.
Here’s the spectacular video of Lorraine Lionheart’s rendition of the Commonwealth song :
Listen to the song here:
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