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Mathew Tembo / Bio

Mathew Tembo's music fuses indigenous Zambian vibes with contemporary sounds to create a truly unique form. His latest album, Dadi Mwana, resounds in upbeat Afro-fusion, reggae fueled tracks, featuring lyrics in various languages skillfully married with music performed on handmade instruments - the silimba (local marimba), kalumbu (one-stringed instrument), and kalimba (thumb piano). Mathew is a trailblazer, going against the musical status quo in Zambia of computerized pop. He has shared stages with world music stars 3Ma, Oliver Mtukudzi, and Michael Rose of Black Uhuru and has collaborated with Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, the guitar playing, freedom-fighting, first president of Zambia. Wherever he tours, audiences simply cannot resist the urge to tap their toes, shake their hips, and skank their way out of their seats and onto the dance floors. Outside of Zambia, Mathew has played in Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Holland, Denmark, Germany, and the USA. He hosts an annual music festival in Zambia named Sing Our Own Song, aimed at promoting music that uses indigenous instruments. When he is not performing, Mathew enjoys studying, building instruments, teaching, producing music in his home studio, or learning to play new indigenous instruments. Get yourself a copy of his latest CD, Dadi Mwana', now on iTunes and Amazon. Peace, love and harmony (PLH).

General Info

Artist Name
Mathew Tembo
Home Page
Active Since
World / Afro Pop / Acoustic

Contact Info

Pittsburgh, PA
Holly Hickling

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