The story behind Jujuba...

Jujuba delivers a funky, danceable style of Nigerian Afrobeat and Juju music. The strength of the 10-piece revolves around its energetic cohesion between percussion, rhythm and horn sections. Renowned for their ability to engage a wide variety of audiences, the band draws a dance floor full of smiling faces at every performance.  

Jujuba features Nojeem Lasisi from Igbo Ora, Oyo State, in Nigeria. He ranks among the world’s elite talking drum players. Nojeem was given his first drum at age four by his father, also a master drummer, who handed down to Nojeem its powerful language. As a member of Nigerian superstar King Sunny Ade's group, the African Beats, Nojeem toured the world and appears on numerous recordings with King Sunny, including "Seven Degrees North" and "Odu”.

Jujuba in the studio

Marc Silverman (keys) and Ethan Flaherty (guitar) moved to Portland in 1999 with a driven focus to start a band built on a foundation of West African drumming. Their studies of Ghanaian drumming, and Marc's travels in Africa listening to and learning rhythms in Tanzania and Ghana, inspired an idea in Marc to apply these rhythms to bass, keyboard, and guitar parts in an electric rhythm section. After playing with hundreds of musicians during their first few years in Portland, Marc and Ethan met percussionist Tobias Manthey, who brought them together with his teacher, Nojeem Lasisi, for the first rehearsal of what would become Jujuba.

The band has been fortunate to include in its roster many inspiring musicians throughout the last 15 years, and continues to find its lifeblood and creative spark in the beating of the drum. Since 2002, positive feedback from audiences, concert promoters, festival organizers, and the press have reinforced Jujuba's reputation as a dependable source of joy in the Portland music scene. As Marty Hughley of The Oregonian puts it, “the heat and flavor was all in the groove.” 

Upcoming Shows:

Previous events

Apr18

Afrobeat Dance Party with Jujuba!

GoodFoot Lounge, 2845 SE Stark, Portland, OR

Jujuba brings its ridiculously danceable style of Afrobeat and Juju music to the Goodfoot for another funky goodtime party!

Feb22

Funky Afrobeat Dance Party with Jujuba!

GoodFoot Lounge, 2845 SE Stark, Portland, OR

Nojeem and the band are back at the Goodfoot, so come shake your body and have a good time!

Jan18

Afrobeat Dance Party with Jujuba!

GoodFoot Lounge, 2845 SE Stark, Portland, OR

Back at our unofficial home base for a wild night of high-energy percussion, horns, and funky Afrobeat music!

$10

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