Jujuba

Jujuba

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High-energy, danceable Afrobeat and Juju music featuring master talking drum player Nojeem Lasisi from Nigeria. With a powerful percussion, horn and rhythm section, the eleven members of Jujuba erupt onstage with an original blend of West African & western polyrhythmic funk.

Biography

“…Jujuba, a power-house Nigerian style afro-beat band featuring Nojeem Lasisi, known for his time in Nigerian superstar King Sunny’s group, the African Beats. Nojeem and Jujuba have created a unique blend of African and Western music that has universal appeal and incredible live energy.” – excerpt from a Jambase review referring to a performance at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR 2/18/06

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”.

Nojeem has settled in the Northwest and assembled Jujuba from local musicians who all share a true love for Nigerian music. Their diverse experiences in a wide range of styles propel the project into new directions based on traditional Nigerian folk music and praise songs.

Jujuba has elicited a strong flow of positive feedback from audiences, concert promoters, festival organizers and radio disc jockeys since the band’s inception in the fall of 2002. Jujuba performs for capacity crowds at The Goodfoot Lounge every other month. The band’s Live CD has been featured and discussed on KBOO radio programs numerous times. More than 1500 concert-goers packed into the Mount Tabor Park Amphitheater to see the band on July 22nd. In August, Jujuba was proud to headline Homowo, Portland’s largest African music and dance festival. Other notable performances have taken place at the Crystal Ballroom, Northwest Folklife Festival, Northwest World Reggae Festival, Oregon Country Fair’s City Fling, Portland Rose Festival, Washington County Fair, Fez Ballroom, City Repair’s Love Festival and Earthday Festival, weddings, clubs, private parties, and many, many more. Please check out our website: www.jujuba.org

Discography

Catch live video of Jujuba LIVE at the Crystal Ballroom at:
http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=jujuba+crystal
Currently Recording First Full-Length Studio Album Due Out In Spring of 2006
Live Recording: "LIVE @ The Goodfoot" available upon request: booking@jujuba.org
Streaming clips from "LIVE @ The Goodfoot" are featured on our website: www.jujuba.org

Songs that have been on the radio:
Funky Juju
Gbeyo Gbeyo
Kiti Kiti

Clips from "Live At The Goodfoot" that are available on our website include:
Afrobeat
Kpanlogo
Shakara
Funky Juju

Set List

Typical set-list:
Funky Juju
Afrobeat
Flash
Skakara
Gbeyo Gbeyo
Go Slow
Kiti Kiti
SET 2:
Musicawa Silt
Emphasize
Kpanlogo
Mori Ke Ke Kahn
Sidewinder
Jujuba
No Agreement

We can play as long as you want. We usually play an average of two 60-90 minute sets. Song structures often include percussion breaks in which the rhythm section sets aside their instruments and joins the percussion section.
Artists and traditional pieces that often influence our cover song selections include: Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, traditional West African songs from Ghana and Nigeria, Antibalas, Daktaris, and many more...
...get a live video taste:
http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=jujuba+crystal