Instrument maker, Musician, Composer, Sound artist
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.