Multi-Award winning, Zambian song bird Marsha Moyo has died.

Ms. Moyo died Saturday morning after an illness.

Sources have revealed that she had collapsed a week ago in the UK and had been in a coma since.

She was the younger sister of international business consultant Dambisa Moyo.

She entered the music industry in 2002 with her debut album Dark Child which earned her a South Africa Music Award) nomination for Best African artist and two Kora All Africa Music Awards nominations for Revelation of the Year and Best Female Artist-Southern Africa.

Marsha Moyo
Marsha Moyo

In 2004, she released her epic song Women Celebrated for which she received another two Kora Award nominations for Best Female African Artist-Southern Africa and Best African Video.

In 2006, she released her album The Fine Print which earned her a Ngoma Award in for Best Vocal Recording followed by her 2013 album, Vested in Love.

She has further performed at the 7-star hotel Burj-al-Arab, Dubai UAE and she became Zambia’s first recording artist aired on MTV.

Marsha was also the author of the publication Zambia: Women Celebrated (2001, 2011 UNFPA) on the positive achievements and community contributions of several women in Zambia.

While, in 2009, she wrote Wheels of Change: Champions in the SADC Gender Agenda (UNECA, SADC) which sought to honour and recognise the SADC heroines and heroes who contributed immensely to the achievement of gender equality and equity in SADC.

In 2008, the United Nations appointed her to advocate the Millennium Development Goals, the UN appointment saw her become the first-ever celebrity jointly appointed by all UN agencies resident in a single country and Zambia’s first UN honorary appointee and in 2011, the Zambian Government appointed her as a lifetime Tourism Ambassador.

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39 COMMENTS

    • very sad news. LT Zambians knew Marsha before they knew Dambisa. That headline takes away from her own personal accomplishments. She wasn’t just Dambisa’s sister the woman had a career of her own.

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    • @Ngolwa
      Well said. She was an accomplished artist of international standing.

      I cannot at the moment bring up a name on the Zambian musical scene that can be on the same level. She really set the bar that high.
      MHSRIP

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  1. Oh this is sad. Abasuma bafwa twashala fye na chi Pilato and other Dundumwezi-oriented f??ls

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    • You have absolutely no right or evidence to write here what you just wrote. I leave it up to you to retrospect and choose the best punishment for your baseless and reckless rant.

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    • There’s no evidence @Matokwani for your callous and hurtful assertion!Better shut up and leave us to mourn our own in peace.

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    • Online media has been invaded by danger smokers and children who say things without thinking. No sense of shame typical of pf thugs

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    • Such an appalling and disgraceful comment. One would expect people with access to the internet to be more enlightened.

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    • My heartfelt condolences to the Moyo family. Both the late Marsha’s and Dambisa’s father, Dr, Steven Moyo, was my mentor at UNZA. May Her Soul Rest In Eternal Peace.

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    • @see,

      Though Matokwanmi’s statement is a general one, put in the context of Marsha’s death, it is, indeed, a very insensitive and callous statement because it seems to insinuate that, being part of the younger generation, Marsha must have been a victim of HIV. This is the problem we have some bloggers here who recklessly post anything that goes through their minds without thinking of the implications.

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    • Total bs. National AIDS numbers in Zambia have been artificially inflated. It is completely mercenary to try and claim every unexplained death as HIV/AIDS. You have no more proof of what she died of than anyone else. Considering the real statistics, it is highly unlikely.

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  2. Gone too son! A lovely lady who took the brave decision to leave corporate life in order to pursue her musical dream. RIP ba sissy…

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  3. @Matokwani: it looks like she had a stroke or heart attack. question is: did she have private medical insurance? was she treated quickly at the hospital or not? in any case: this is very sad news. condolences to the family

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  4. MYSRIP Marsha Moyo……. @Matokwani well spoken, thanks for reminding us that *****s like you do exist whose mind is out of context and brains have no filter of what is appropriate to say and when to say…

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  5. More people die everyday from hypertension and diabetis than the so callled hiv infected persons.

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  6. If one had written that the cause of death was malaria, cancer, etc ……that was going to be received with a with great sympathy. However, just the mention of HIV people get all defensive. Why is that so? It just reflects the amount of stigma that is still exists. Even after so manys of work HIV/AIDS is still considered as a “shameful illness”. We still need to talk about it ….the more we pretend that it’s not claiming/killing us the more we give it power.

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  7. If one had written that the cause of death was malaria, cancer, etc ……that was going to be received with great sympathy. However, just the mention of HIV people get all defensive. Why is that so? It just reflects the amount of stigma that still exists. Even after so many years of work, HIV/AIDS is still considered as a “shameful illness”. We still need to talk about it ….the more we pretend that it’s not claiming/killing us the more we give it power.

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