Juba Jam 2021

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.

It’s great to be back, but we will be running the Jams slightly differently this time, with 2 sessions over the day with a numbers limit.

Photo: Becky Marsh
Photo: Becky Marsh


SUNDAY 21ST NOVEMBER 2021 (November jam now full)
SUNDAY 12TH DECEMBER 2021 (afternoon now full, a few morning slots left)

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


Morning Jam: 11am – 1.30pm
Afternoon Jam: 2pm – 4.30pm

Let us know what time slot your prefer and we’ll allocate you a slot if you don’t have a preference.

£6 (We’ll be taking card payments 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. We’ll no longer be accepting walk ups.

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 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



As per the current guidance, if you feel safer wearing a face covering, please do.
Please don’t turn up if you’re feeling unwell.
If possible, do a lateral flow test before you arrive.

We’ve reduced the numbers due to venue guidance and room size.



Please just email dan@jubadoleao.com let us know when you’re coming and your preferred time slot.