Cândido Salomão Zango (Matchume)

Composer | Performing artist | Timbila player | Percussionist | Teacher | Dancer

Cândido Salomão Zango, also known as “Matchume,” has dedicated himself to Mozambican traditional music and dance since the age of six. He is currently regarded as one of the new masters of the timbila. His parents and grandparents are originally from Zavala, Inhambane Province, which is the center of Mozambique’s Timbila tradition. Inspired by this long and passionate tradition of music and percussion, Matchume began to play, study music and produce traditional instruments such as timbila, mbira, xitende an djembe drums. 

Over the past fifteen years, Matchume has toured the world as a performing musician and composer of traditional, experimental and fusion music. As an ambassador of Mozambican music and culture, he has performed, taught and conducted artistic and cultural projects in Austria, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Denmark, Gabon, Germany, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Madagascar, Mali, Norway, Portugal, Reunion Island, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland and Zimbabwe. He has completed dozens of successful collaborations with international artists in the genres of music performance, theater, dance and film, and he has recorded several albums with Timbila Muzimba, MoSomeBigNoise and Kubilai Khan.


Matchume earned both his Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Performance at University of Cape Town (UCT). While studying at UCT, he was employed as a lecturer at the university and began composing and performing traditional, experimental and fusion music for various departments including theater, dance and cinema. In addition to UCT, he has given workshops and courses in Mozambican music and dance at schools and universities in several countries. In Mozambique, he maintains his role as one of the founding members of Timbila Muzimba, the Warethwa Cultural Association, and the “Orquestras Amadoras” community project. 

MUSIC PROJECTS (more details here)

2013: Japan tour - Contemporary Afro-Euro-Asian Soundscapes / Bayreuth, Germany - trio "mangroOve" with Jean-Pierre Joséfinn and Michael Küttner / Brussels - Timbila stories 

2012: Reunion Island - Timbila Maloya / Pan-African tour (Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Cameroon, Mali, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Burkina Faso, Chad, Gabon, Mozambique) - duo Thomas Guérineau and Matchume Zango / Brussels - Are you happy now? / Brussels - Timbila stories / Guelph, Toronto - Contemporary Afro-European Soundscapes

2011: Southern Africa - Watsamba M’Diou / Maputo and Reunion Island - Timbila Maloya / Lärz, music festival, Portugal - Drums and Timbilas (“Tambores e Timbilas”)

2010: Reunion Island - Muzimba Reunion Project (second edition) / Brussels - Timbila Tracks Project / Berlin - Watsamba Mdiwo Project / Vienna - Mo'SomeBigNoise Project (second edition)

2009: Maputo - Orquestras Amadoras project

2008: Maputo - Sou Tambor

2007: Maputo - Quadrinha de Maputo project

2006: Portugal - Vamos Marimbar project / Rostock (Germany) - Mo'SomeBigNoise project

2004: Austria - Timbila Muzimba Orchestra

1997: Maputo - foundation of the group “Timbila Muzimba”

1989: Maputo (Mozambique) – Foundation of the group “Novos Raios”



NEW CD Wata M'cande 


Available on Amazon