Mathew Tembo is an ethnomusicology doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh, Pa. His interests include exploring the impact of Zambia’s Fast-Music on music participation in favor of women. He has also done some research on Ethiopian popular music.
Tembo’s first musical experiences began in 1994 when he sang in a band called AfroVision. In 1995 he went to study Music Education at Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce in Zambia majoring in classical piano. He also studied at the University of Zambia where he graduated with a Bachelors in Primary Education with a bias in Music in 2009. He then went on to study World Music Performance at the renowned School of Music at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL in the United States of America graduating with a Masters in Music in
May 2013. He also has had an opportunity to direct two documentaries on Zambian music. The
“Sing Our Own Songs” (2007) and “Music of the Bwile People” (2015).)