Matchume Zango

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















Name: Cândido Salomão Zango

Date of birth: 24 November 1980

Nationality: Mozambican

Address: Bairro São Dámaso, quarteirão 75, casa 60

Matola – Mozambique

Phone: +258 84 395 8802




Matchume Zango has dedicated himself to traditional Mozambican music and dance since the age of six. He is regarded as one of the new masters of 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 trajectory of music and percussion, he began to play, study music and produce instruments such as timbila, mbira, xitende and djembe drums.

Over the past twenty 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 carried out artistic and cultural projects in a number of countries: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, China, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, Denmark, France, Gabon, Germany, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Luxemburg, Madagascar, Mali, Norway, Portugal, Reunion Island, Rwanda, Senegal, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, United States and Zimbabwe. He has completed dozens of successful collaborations with international artists in the genres of music performance, theater, dance and film, and has recorded several albums with Timbila Muzimba, MoSomeBigNoise, Kubilai Khan and Forest Jam. 


In 2016, he earned his Bachelor degree in Music Performance from the University of Cape Town, South Africa (UCT). While studying at UCT, he was employed as a lecturer and composed and performed music for various departments including theater, dance and cinema. In addition, 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 the band Timbila Muzimba, the Warethwa Cultural Association, and the “Orquestras Amadoras” (Community Orchestras). Furthermore, he built up the Nzango Artist Residency in a semi-rural area on the outskirts of Maputo, Mozambique, which he is directing since its opening in 2013. 


In September 2017, he released his first solo album “Wata M’cande”, recorded at Nzango Artist Residency and mastered at M.E.L.T. 2000 in Durban, South Africa. In November 2017, he finished recording the album “Tributo a Venâncio Mbande (1933-2015)”, financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, who was his grandfather, master teacher and one of Mozambique’s most prominent timbila players. Currently, Matchume Zango is pursuing his Master’s degree in Music, with a specialization in performance and a dissertation in music technology at UCT.



MUSIC PROJECTS (more details here)

In the past years, Matchume Zango realized a number of international projects, among others:

  • Virtual residency and digital tour “Making Tracks 2020” with Aida Zhakhanbek (Kazakhstan), Daniel Gouly (UK), Gurdain Rayatt (UK), Kate Griffin (UK), Laonikos Psimikakis-Chalkokondylis (Greece), Lemon Guo (China), Tendai Mavengeni (Zimbabwe) (2020)
  • Different recent virtual concerts, e.g. at Centro Cultural Moçambicano-Alemão/Goethe Institute Maputo, Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano, celebration of the Mozambican Independence Day, and a GIZ event of the Global Program “Combatting Illicit Financial Flows” (2020)
  • Virtual concerts with Timbila Muzimba at “Arte no Quintal”, SADC conference and Jeunesses Musicales (2020)
  • Collaboration project “Mozrun”, with Jean Pierre Jozéfinn (Réunion), funded by the Municipality of Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains, Island of Réunion (2019)
  • Collaboration project “Alpine Connection” with Chris Norz (Austria), Matthias Abächerli and Jul Dillier (Switzerland), funded by Pro Helvetia (2019)
  • Collaboration project “World Music in Fusion” with Tao Ravao (Madagascar), Childo Tomas (Mozambique), Eun Kyung Kim (South Korea) and Jae Hyo Chang (South Korea) at the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth (Germany), funded by the Cluster of Excellence “Africa Multiple” of the University of Bayreuth (2019)
  • Collaboration with dancers Desiré Davids (South Africa) and Romain Cappello (France) at Festival Constellations (2019)
  • Monitoring of the parade at the opening of Théâtre du Châtelet (France) (2019)
  • Collaboration with Sabrina Francis (Grenada) (2019)
  • Collaboration project “Ponte Maputo Durban” with Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane (South Africa), funded by British Council and S.A. Concerts (2019)
  • Collaboration with pianist Simon Vincent, Iwalewahaus Bayreuth (Germany) (2019)
  • Workshop on African instruments and music at Altstadtschule Bayreuth (Germany) (2019)
  • Collaboration project “One Country” with musicians from Eswatini, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique, funded by Pro Helvetia (2018-2020)
  • Collaboration project “Mgodo Tracks” with musicians from South Africa, Mozambique and Belgium, funded by the Government of Flanders (2018-2019)
  • Europe tour (Portugal, Norway, Belgium, Spain) of Timbila Muzimba (2018)
  • Collaboration with Luca Forcucci, funded by Pro Helvetia (2018)
  • Collaboration project “Blackbird” with Simon Eifeler (Germany), funded by the Municipality of Düsseldorf (2017)
  • Collaboration project “In the Key of Marimba” with Keketso Malho Bolofo (South Africa) and Victor Chimusoro (Zimbabwe), funded by Pro Helvetia (2017)



NEW CD Wata M'cande 


Available on Amazon