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Departamento de Comunicação e Arte | Universidade de Aveiro
Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro
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Timóteo Francisco Lidia Cuche, saxophonist and Mozambican musician, holds a master's degree in music, ethnomusicology and studies in popular music from the University of Aveiro - Department of Communication and Arts (2021), he completed his MBA - Master of Business Administration - in Project Management at Higher Institute of Management, Administration and Education of Mozambique (2014) and the Degree in Music at Eduardo Mondlane University - School of Communication and Arts (2011).

He obtained a Masters Scholarship (2021 – 2022) from the European Union Program Procultura Palop TL. He is a professor, University Assistant at Eduardo Mondlane University.

He has been living in Portugal since 2019, where he is enrolled in the Doctorate in Music at the University of Aveiro, specializing in Ethnomusicology.

He began learning music at the age of 13 at the National School of Music in Mozambique, with the saxophone as his main instrument. He received classes with professors Orlando da Conceição (Mozambique), Petri Puolitaival (Finland – Sibelius Academy) and João Martins (University of Aveiro).

He attended a semester of jazz and Finnish folk music at Sibelius Academy, as a mobility fellow between Eduardo Mondlane University's School of Communication and Arts and Sibelius Academy. He participated in the Glomus Camp-Global network for higher music, dance and performing arts education in Mozambique (2010) and Ghana (2012). Together with Brazilian trombonist Sérgio Castanheira and Mozambican guitarist João Cabral, he created the project MarraSamba – When Marrabenta meets Samba, a project that aims to bring together two genres of popular music, namely, Marrabenta from Mozambique and Samba from Brazil. This project led him to participate in the Rio de Janeiro Carnival with the Ceu Na Terra Orchestra, in the concert called Carnaval Brasil-Mozambique in 2016.

He is a member of the Mozambican group TP50, with which he started the SongBook projects for Mozambican music, which has two publications, namely the Songbook Fany Mpfumo and Songbook Chico Antonio. He is the curator of Portal da Música Moçambicana, an online platform for the dissemination of Mozambican music created by TP50 and the Carlos Morgado Foundation.

Founding member of the Mozambican Association for Education and Musical Arts - SMEAM (2021), of the Center for Research and Cultural Development of Mozambique - NIDEC (2011) and of the Center for Intercultural Migration Studies of Mozambique - CEMIT (2010). He works in the Humanities with an emphasis on Arts and Social Sciences.

As a freelance musician and instrumentalist, he played with the main names in jazz and Mozambican popular music, namely Jimmy Dludlu, Moreira Chonguiça, Stewart Sukuma, Lizha James and others. And with international musicians highlighting the South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, the Brazilian trombonist Sérgio Castanheira and the Finnish saxophonist Eero Koivistoinen.