Lalla Hirayama

Based: Johannesburg

She first appeared on South African screens at the age of 15; as a presenter for the daily kids time channel Craz-e on E-TV. After four years, Lalla was head-hunted to SABC1 as a live continuity presenter and brand ambassador. A year later she played the role of ‘Felicia’ on E-TV’s prime time soapie Rhythm City and as a dark angel on the E-TV show Axe Dark Angels. During this time Lalla also began presenting the show ‘Scar Tissue’ for the new DSTV channel Vuzu, soon after which she joined the prime time, live celeb gossip show V Entertainment as well as becoming a live continuity presenter for the channel. While on Vuzu, Lalla played the role of ‘Bianca’ on the bio-weekly soapie ‘Zone 14’ on SABC1 and a few months later she joined the ‘Tropica Island of Treasure’ team and co-hosted the 3rd season, which aired on E-TV alongside DJ Fresh in Phuket, Thailand. Lalla co-hosted the reality hip-hop dance show ‘Masters of Rhythm’ on Vuzu from mid 2011.

In 2009 Lalla was featured in the FHM calendar and voted #15 in FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women In The World and #14 in 2010. She also featured in the yearly FHM Lingerie supplement in 2010 and is regularly featured in the magazine. Lalla has won Glamour magazines ‘Most Glamorous’ award, ‘Best Innovative Style’ at the South African Style Awards and ‘Most Stylish’ at the G4 Sports awards.

Lalla has an extremely strong professional dance background. She trained classically from the age of 4 in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Contemporary, Spanish and Jazz. She began teaching in Japan at the age of 14. Whilst in Japan she was exposed to the Hip-Hop scene and after returning to South Africa Lalla co-founded South Africa’s first mix style hip-hop dance crew “Clinch”.

Lalla Hirayama was born in Hiratsuka in Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan. She is the only child to a Japanese mother and a white South African father of Jewish descent. In one interview she said she was brought up in the old school typical Japanese way “think Samurais and Zen”. Her father, although a white Jewish man, is a Sangoma (Shaman).

In 2001 Lalla Hirayama returned to Japan where she taught hip hop, tap and modern dancing in Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture. She came back a year later to South Africa where she registered at the British International College (BIC) in Bryanston, Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa, for her high school education. While completing her high school education Lalla Hirayama was involved in dance training.

In 2005 she began performing professionally, dancing at a number of corporate functions under the Vigor8 Company. A year later, in 2006, Lalla Hirayama founded the a hip hop marketing & events company. In that year, she became part of the official dancers for renowned artists of that time, among others; the late Lebo Mathosa of Boom Shaka fame, and Tshwarelo ‘Relo’ Nhlapo; performed with Skwatta Kamp; and was featured in music videos of Unathi Msengana and Loyiso Bala.

 

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