This duo project features SBYA for Music 2021 Cara Stacey and esteemed Mozambican musician and composer Matchume Zango. Zango and Stacey have worked together in various projects over many years. In this duo configuration, they explore contemporary compositions for various South African, Swazi and Mozambican indigenous instruments, such as the umrhubhe mouthbow, nyunga-nyunga lamellophone, makhoyane gourd-resonated musical bow and the xivambi mouthbow. The music presented in this intimate concert weaves together Stacey and Zango’s diverse sonic influences and a long-standing friendship in music.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Cara Stacey is a South African musician and musicologist. She is the Standard Bank Young Artist for Music 2021 and a Senior Lecturer in African Music at North-West University. She is a pianist and plays southern African musical bows (umrhubhe, uhadi, makhoyane). She holds a doctorate in African music, specifically looking at the makhoyane musical bow from eSwatini (University of Cape Town/ SOAS, London). Cara has performed across southern Africa, in the United Kingdom, Brazil, Peru, the USA and Switzerland with the likes of Galina Juritz, Shabaka Hutchings, Sarathy Korwar, Dan Leavers, Natalie Mason, Beat Keller, Matchume Zango, Jason Singh and Juliana Venter.
Her first album ‘Things that grow’ featured Shabaka Hutchings, Seb Rochford, Ruth Goller, and Crewdson (released in September 2015, Kit Records). Her second album, ‘Ceder’, is from her duo project with Peruvian flutist and composer Camilo Ángeles (2018) and her collaborative third album ‘Like the Grass’ (with Galina Juritz, Beat Keller and Antonia Ravens) was released by Kit Records in July 2020. Her latest album is the product of new compositional work with the trio ‘The Texture of Silence’, with visual artist Mzwandile Buthelezi and jazz guitarist Keenan Ahrends. This album is titled ‘As in the Sun, so in the Rain’ and was released in 2021.
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.