A language of Tanzania

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

1,320,000 (2013 J. Leclerc). Total users in all countries: 1,777,000.


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

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Maviha (Chimaviha, Cimabiha, Kimawiha, Mabiha, Mawia), Matambwe (Tambwe). 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. Texts. 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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