Zambian singer Lily Tembo popularly known as Lily T is dead. Tembo 27, died in Lusaka last evening after suffering severe gastritis at the weekend.
Tembo released her debut album Lily T in 2004 and followed it up with another titled Osalila two years later. She was working on her third album at the time of her death.
Tembo was born on November 20, 1981 in Kabwe. She did her secondary school education at Kabulonga Girls and later studied Journalism at Evelyn Hone College. She worked as a news reader on Lusaka’s 5 fm radio before launching her music career.
Tembo won a number of awards including a Ngoma for best female artist and best female performer. She also served as a Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) goodwill ambassador for the United Nations.
Last week, Tembo performed in Grahamstown, South Africa at the Highway Africa media conference under the Hearts and Minds project. The project is a campaign for effective and innovative reporting of HIV and AIDS and is a partnership between Zambian Institute of Mass Communication (ZAMCOM), Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Botswana chapter and the University of Kentucky.