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Lily Tembo

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Lily Tembo November 20, 1981 – September 14, 2009, professionally known as Lily T, was a Zambian musician, radio presenter, journalist and charity worker who had won national acclaim with her 2004 debut album Lily T For this album, she received two awards

Tembo had released two albums and was working on a third at the time of her death Aside from singing, she was known for presenting on the 5th FM Radio in Zambia, working as a journalist and involvement in charity work


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Charity work
  • 3 Death
  • 4 Discography
  • 5 Awards and nominations
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links
    • 71 Music videos


Tembo was born in Kabwe, Zambia, and was raised in a music-loving family She has been inspired by her father, who played African bongo, and her sisters and mother, who sung in church Tembo attended secondary school at the Kabulonga Girls School in Zambia's capital, Lusaka Later on, she pursued a career in journalism at Evelyn Hone College

Tembo emerged onto the music market in 2004 with the album Lily T, which started her career and brought her national attention She released her second album in 2006 Tembo was also a news reader for 5th radio, a radio station based in Lusaka, Zambia

After winning one award, she had been recognized by BBC Africa as a promising African celebrity who had remained original to traditional instruments

Charity work

Lily had been involved in raising malaria awareness in Zambia In April 2009, she led worshippers at a world malaria day commemoration in Lusaka


After complaining over "minor stomach pains" and suffering severe gastritis, Tembo died around 6:30 PM, September 14 at the age of 27 Reactions were surprised, as she had been chatting with fans on Facebook on September 11

Tembo's sister Patience told the press "She had gastritis, she fell sick on Saturday… she was vomiting a lot and developed anaemia On Monday around 19:00 hours, she died"


  • Lily T 2004
  • Osalila 2006

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
2005 Koala Awards Best New Artist Nominated
2007 Ngoma Awards Best Female Recording Artist Won
Best Music Video Award Won


  1. ^ Lily Tembo Stans Music
  2. ^ Almbum Review: Lily T BH magazine Archived January 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b African Entertainment and Music Lyrics Africa Archived July 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ World Malaria day Parth Archived November 21, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Lily Tembo is dead UKZambians,content encoded by Zend Guard
  6. ^ Zambias female singer Lily T dead AfricaNews Archived September 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Lusaka Times
  8. ^ Singer Lily T dies The Post Archived September 23, 2009, at the Wayback Machine

External links

Music videos

  • Osalila on YouTube
  • Moyo Siogula on YouTube

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