Juba Jam 2023

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.


SUNDAY 19TH FEBRUARY 2023 < SOLD OUT but email dan@jubadoleao.com to be put on waiting list


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

TIMES:  2pm – 4.30pm < please note the new time


Juba Jam: £7 < please note the new price

We’re now only accepting advance payments.

Once you’ve filled in the form below, we’ll send you our account details to make a transfer. Once you’ve made a payment, we’ll email you to confirm your place, so please bear with us in getting back to you.


The jams are on a first-come-first-served basis and we only have limited places available, so please register & pay in advance. We’ll no longer be accepting walk ups.

Refunds: Once you have booked your place, this is non-refundable.


Join us for our 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.

This autumn/winter we will be doing 2 Jams a day to keep numbers a little lower for the space we’re in after the past few years’ events.

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 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



If you feel safer wearing a face covering, please do.
Please don’t turn up if you’re feeling unwell.