A language of Tanzania

Alternate Names
Chimakonde, Chinimakonde, Kimakonde, Konde, Matambe, Matambwe, Mekwengo, Simakonde

980,000 in Tanzania (2006). Population total all countries: 1,340,000.


Mtwara region: Mtwara urban, Mtwara rural, Tandahomba, and Newala districts; north into Lindi region.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Matambwe (Tambwe), Maviha (Chimaviha, Cimabiha, Kimawiha, Mabiha, Mawia). Matambwe dialect may be more similar to Yao [yao] than Makonde, and may even be a separate language or dialect of Mwera [mwe].

Language Use

Vigorous. All ages. Also use Swahili [swh].

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2013.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Makonde are known for wood carving skills. Many wood carvers will say they are Makonde even if they are not. Muslim, Christian.

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