Juba Jam 2017

Open intensive mass drumming sessions with Manchester drum and dance collective Juba do Leão, blasting out rootsy rhythms straight from the streets of Recife, North East Brazil.

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SUNDAY 12TH NOVEMBER + Optional skills workshop: Caixa (Brazilian snare drum) Technique

Juba Jam: 11am – 2.30pm (aim to arrive at 10.30 as we’ll be starting at 11)
Skills workshop (Caixa): 3pm – 4pm


Juba Jam only: £5
Caixa/Snare class only: £10
Both: £15

Please let us know in advance if you’re be doing the caixa workshop (also if you wish to just do the Caixa workshop, please arrive at 2.30pm)

Payment: for the November Jam and/or workshop, cash on the day is fine. If you book onto the Jam or workshop class, please do make every effort to attend (in exchange for us not asking for payment in advance to secure places this time).


WHERE: The Old Museum, Greaves Steet, Oldham, OL1 1DN

We are throwing open the doors this autumn and inviting anyone to attend these 3 hour open play-a-thons. You may be a very experienced player in this style or may never have given drumming a go before. It’s a chance for some stamina training in these super intensive and fun mass drumming sessions. With many people playing this music, an incredible atmosphere is created.

Everyone, whatever their experience is welcome to attend. If you are new to this style (Maracatu Baque Virado), Holly Prest (our director) will be on hand to show the basics and members of Juba do Leão too but the premise of the session is to play for a long time and really get a feel for the music, this will involve playing the same baque (pattern) over and over again with some breaks (changes in the music).

Warning: this kind of drumming is very addictive and may lead to epic adventures and questioning life choices.

Instruments available are: alfaia (rope tuned bass drums), caixa/snare (drum kit style rather than malacacheta style), gonguê (cow bell style, rather than agogo), abê/shekere (gourd shakers), mineiro (metal shakers). Never heard of these instruments? Even better!

We will be providing most instruments, but please bring any where possible (if you have them!). Please bring your own sticks and straps (some can be provided on the day i.e alfaia beaters).

We also recommend ear plugs with so many of us playing in the space together.

We will only be having a short break (not a long lunch break), so please make sure you’ve eaten beforehand or bring something to eat in the break.

Juba Jam Optional skills workshop: Caixa (Brazilian snare drum) Technique

We’re offering an optional skills workshop to follow the session this month. For our November Jam it will be a Caixa technique workshop aimed at developing double sticking fluency and alternative sticking patterns for less experienced or brand new players. More advanced players are welcome to attend. Holly will explore several North Eastern Brazilian caixa rhythms giving personal and technical feedback, offering personalised tips for development or focus for each player.
If you have your own snare (ideally drum kit style snare) please bring it along. We do have some spare caixas if there’s a lot of interest.

Please fill out this online form to let us know you’re coming, or alternatively email the following to: dan@jubadoleao.com

Email address(s)
Date(s) attending:
Instrument(s) you can bring (if any):
How did you hear about the workshop?
Any previous experience?


We are right outside Oldham Central tram stop. The Old Museum has a big blue door with two lions outside.

If you are staying over the night before or on Sunday we recommend staying in Manchester as there’s more to do in the city. It’s about a 30 minute metro-ride from Manchester to Oldham Central.

There is a car park around the back of the building at Southgate Street pay & display OL1 1EW



Even though it’s £5 on the door, it’d be good to know in advance if you’re coming so we have enough instruments, also we can send you further details about any more sessions we book in.


Juba Jam 2017

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