Juba Jam 2020

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.

Photo: Becky Marsh
Photo: Becky Marsh


SUNDAY 9TH FEBRUARY 2020 – with extra skills class in alfaia
with extra skills class in pandeiro
– with extra skills class in caixa

Extra Skills Classes : Suitable for those with no experience or a basic level or desire to practice more in a group and enjoy individual feedback, but of course advanced players welcome. Limited places available, first-come-first-served.

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

Juba Jam: 11am – 2.30pm (aim to arrive at 10.30 as we’ll be starting at 11)
Extra Skills workshops: 2.45pm – 3.45pm


Juba Jam only: £5
Jam + Optional Skills class: £15

We take cash only on the day

The jams are on a first-come-first-served basis and we only have limited places available, so please register in advance. If you turn up on the day, it might be full so we ask you to register for every session beforehand.

If you can no longer attend, please let us know to free up a place ASAP. We have had people drop out of the day when others wanted to attend.


Join us for 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.

There will also be extra skills workshops after the jam every month.

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.


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


Please just email dan@jubadoleao.com let us know when you’re coming and if it’s jam or jam + skills.