Lalla Hirayama

Based: Johannesburg

Lalla Hirayama is a Japanese-born South African dancer, actress, model, television presenter and voice artist best known for hosting the Vuzu shows Masters of Rhythm and V-Entertainment.

Lalla was born in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa-Ken, Japan. She moved to Australia and then to South Africa at an early age. She started her primary schooling at Fairways Primary.

She started horse riding in 1997 and joined the Athletics Team (A-Team) and became Junior Horse Riding Champ 1997.

In 2001 she taught hip hop, tap and modern dancing in Kagoshima, Japan.

In 2002 she returned to South Africa were she registered for High School education at The British International College where she was also involved with Dance training.

In 2005 she started performing professionally and danced at a number of Corporate Functions under the Vigor8 Company.

In 2006 she formed the ACC (Clinch City Entertainment), a hip hop Marketing & Events Company. She became official dancer for a number of well known local artists including the late Lebo Mathosa, Slikour, Relo – performed with Swatta Kamp, and featured in Unathi’s and Loyiso’s music videos.

In 2007 she became an SABC dancer at the Rand Show, Royal Show, Grahamstown Festival. Between 2007 and 2008 she was an SABC1 brand ambassador/presenter.

In 2009 she played Felicia on the soapie Rhythm City. Felicia is one of three singers in the show’s all-girl group Sizzle.

In 2010 she was appointed as the first continuity presenter of the free-to-air mobile TV platform Massiv TV.

In 2011 she hosted the reality competition Tropika Island of Treasure 3 and the Vuzu reality competition Masters of Rhythm.

In the same year she joined Siyabonga Ngwekazi as a host of the Vuzu entertainment magazine show V-Entertainment, replacing the departed Nonhle Thema.

She was one of the celebrities to compete in the sixth season of the SABC3 reality competition Strictly Come Dancing, in 2013. She came second in the competition.

In 2014 she was signed as one of the judges on SA’s Got Talent SA.

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