Maureen Lilanda

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Maureen Lilanda
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Maureen Lilanda performing in 2013.
Background information
Birth nameMaureen Lupo Lilanda
BornLusaka, Zambia
GenresAfro Jazz

Maureen Lupo Lilanda is a Zambian Afro Jazz singer and songwriter.

Early life

Music and career

Maureen Lilanda at the Music 4 Change Initiative / U.S. Embassy Zambia panel discussion for celebrities. June 2016

Maureen started her music career as a teenager, and she has a collection of five albums, "Nandayeya" in 2000, "Coming Home" in 2002, "Evolution" in 2004, "Tetwe" in 2005 and "Soul Masala" in 2007. Maureen is a motivational speaker, and she has addressed in her music as well as at local school discussions issues on malaria, HIV, child abuse, morality, religion, and dealing with the loss of a loved one. She has collaborated and shared stages with various artists such as the Malmo Symphony of Sweden, Black Voices of the UK, Leona Lewis, Jonathan Butler, Oliver Mutukudzi, and Seal. Maureen has also led a female Acapella group called Amashiwi to Japan.

In 1999 and 2000 Maureen performed at the Livingstone Festival.

She is also lead vocalist of her European band, Le Banquets de Nomads whose album 'Afora' combines Senegalese, Zambian and Belgian fusions. Maureen was lead singer of the famous Zambian Acapella group Amashiwe which performed at the 1999 Livingstone Festival.

Awards and nominations

Maureen has four times been awarded for for Best female artiste by the National Arts Council of Zambia. She has won two Azami awards and Starmaker accolade. She was nominated in the South Africa Kora Award for Best Female Artist.

On March 21, 2014 Maureen was awarded the Born & Bred Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also the Plan International Goodwill Ambassador and member of the Zambia Adjudicators Panel (ZAP). On September 18, 2015 she was awarded Africa’s Most Influential Women Awards for Arts in Zambia and the SADC region.