Special Jubacana Funding Announcement


We are thrilled to announce that we have received funding from Youth Music to develop Jubacana over the next 2 years, a huge thanks to everyone involved in helping us get to this exciting point!

Highlights of this upcoming project will include:

– A new 5-7 year-olds class starting in spring 2020.
– A new mentoring and training programme for our young artists and team.
– Guest artist workshops and masterclasses.
– Open evenings, taster sessions, and outreach workshops around the UK.
– Summer school events in 2020 and 2021
– One-to-one instrumental lessons for all Jubacana members.
– Recruitment of volunteers and trainees to join our Jubacana team.
– Local and national performances.
– The search for our first ever Patron…

Much more detail about all of the above will follow soon, look out for updates!

We are so very proud of the incredible things our Jubacana members are achieving.

If you know anyone aged 8-18 who would like to get involved, you can sign up here:

Music Shaped Me | From Youth Music

We were delighted to be a part of the #musicshapedme campaign from our funders, Youth Music. If you missed it on our Instagram, here’s Freya & Abz talking about Jubacana after our performance at Manchester International Festival:



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We are so excited to announce you can now pre-order our debut EP on our Bandcamp page!
You can pre-order the digital copy or the physical edition (physical includes a free digital download).

Hear a sneak preview of the title track below, and you can pre-order here

Due for release 30th July 2019.

Jubacana – Vamos Tocar Short Documentary

In August 2018 we took 9 young people to The Encontro Street Band Festival 2018 in Glasgow to collaborate with youth groups from all over the UK and Brazil. It was a first meeting of its kind. The documentary also features the Jubacana Summer School with Special Guests Banda Alana from São Paulo, Brazil. Jubacana are a youth music and dance project based in Oldham, Manchester.

Special thanks to:

Banda Alana
British Council Scotland
Encontro Street Band Festival Festival 2018
Global Grooves ‘Future Leaders’ programme
Juba do Leão
Kerrching – Oldham Youth Council
Merchant City Festival
Oi Musica
Oldham Arts Development / Oldham Council
SambaYaBamba Youth Street Band
Unesco City of Music
Young Start
Youth Music
Youth Music Initiative

All of the amazing people who make great projects happen!

Film by John Grey
Translation by Holly Prest, Marc Starr

Jubacana Receives Youth Music Funding!

We are thrilled to announce that we have received a grant from the National Foundation for Youth Music! Our project is now supported by Youth Music and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

We want to say a massive thank you to everyone that helped us gain this funding, the support, advice, time and love towards our project has been incredible. Thank you for the great support from parents/carers and of course, our young members, the Jubacanians! Here’s to making more amazing music!

– Team Jubacana (Holly, Dan, Simone, Emma & Freya)

Read our press release below:

A youth music project has received national funding to help it continue to grow its work around Oldham.

Jubacana is a young people-led music and performance outfit, which takes inspiration from the rhythms of Brazil, Africa and South-Asia, but with a UK twist.

And now thanks to a £25,000 grant from Youth Music, the project will be able to involve even more young people. Plans are already afoot to put on a number of performances in Oldham and beyond and to work with international artists and even to make a professional recording of their unique global sound.

Established in Manchester in 2014, Jubacana made the move to Oldham last year. The group has already played at high profile events including RHS Tatton Flower Show, Manchester Day, Liverpool and Manchester Pride, Festival Oldham and the Celebrate Festival.

Holly Prest, who grew up in Greenfield, is director of Jubacana. She said:

“I took part in out of school music activities all through my teenage years and it has made me who I am. I made friends for life from communities I otherwise wouldn’t have mixed with, grew in confidence and eventually learned the leadership skills to run projects of my own.

Jubacana is about sharing and taking pleasure in dancing and making music as a group. It is also very much about giving every member memorable experiences and life skills.

This grant will enable us to expand our reach throughout Oldham, mentoring young musicians and future leaders to help give them the best possible chance in life. We are seeking young people with no experience to learn brand new skills, as well as those with experience of South Asian percussion instrument playing.”

Shariq Ali Ashraf, 18, is an A Level student from Chadderton and has been performing with the group for two years. He said:

“Jubacana is different to everything else I’ve ever done.

It gives me loads of creative freedom and has introduced me to lots of new musical styles – both through the music we play together and sharing music with new friends I have made.

I would recommend it to everyone. You don’t need to be able to play an instrument, just to have a love of music and to want to do something different”.

From this month, the group will be running taster workshops in schools and youth groups around Oldham. There will be a summer school in August and a collaboration is already planned with a young people’s percussion group from Glasgow and another from Brazil. A programme of guest tutors has been put together, to bring additional skills and experience to the group.

Young people aged from 8-18 are invited to join Jubacana. No experience is necessary and you don’t have to have your own instrument. The group is also looking for singers, songwriters, other instrumentalists and dancers of every kind.

They meet every Friday from 6pm – 7.30pm at The Old Museum, Greaves Street, Oldham, OL1 1DN.

Contact for more information or visit their Facebook page at

About Youth Music:

Music-making is life-changing. Every year, Youth Music provides more than 75,000 young people with the opportunity to make music, helping them to overcome the challenges they face in their lives. Our music projects support young people to develop their creative and social skills, make positive contributions to their community and improve their wellbeing.

We know that many young people still need our help. Join us in our mission to give every child the chance to make music. Visit

Jubacana Receives Kerrching Funding

We are delighted to announce that we have been selected to receive grant from the Kerrching – Youth Opportunity Fund! The Kerrching – Youth Opportunity Fund is a pot of money that is specifically for young people.  The fund aims to provide opportunities for young people that will improve their lives and wellbeing.  It is managed by young people from Oldham Youth Council who make the decisions about the allocation of funds.

This funding will allow us to develop important links with the local community and other likeminded organisations to take our project to the next level and engage many more young people in the Oldham area. Jubacana began in Oldham in January 2017 and has gone from strength-to-strength, this important funding will allow us to develop our roots in Oldham and lead up to some great performances in 2017 & 2018.

The Kerrching fund is fantastic because funds are allocated by young people from Oldham themselves who are members of the Youth Council. We look forward to doing great things with the funds and getting more young people in Oldham involved in diverse music making and arts leadership. We will be releasing more information about how the project develops from now until March 2018.

If you know any young person aged 8-18 who would like to get involved, email us as or sign up through the website.

Check out the great work Oldham Youth Council does here:

Jubacana Now In Oldham

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New for 2017, we are now based at The Old Museum in Oldham. It’s a great move for us and we are so excited to be bringing back a Carnival inspired youth drum and dance band to Oldham again. We have extended our offer, so now we welcome 8-18s. We’ll have 2 classes, a younger class 8-11s and an older class 12-18s. The sessions will be every Friday after school.

Full information can be found on the join jubacana page

We’re looking forward to making some exciting work and getting more and more young people involved in this inspiring and fun group.

Jubacana Awarded Lottery Funding!

We’re really excited to announce that we received an Awards For All grant from The Big Lottery Fund! We are thrilled that it will enable us to do community outreach with local schools, train and develop our young directors and allow us to reach out to more young people in Manchester! 2016 is going to be a great year for Jubacana.

So far we’ve had some great sessions after we’ve been back in January, including working on new arrangements, getting new members, and welcoming our fabulous new guest artist Yandass Ndlovu, to work on songwriting with us. Check out our rehearsal snippet below:

We are also lucky to have the support of Manchester music wonders that are Band on the Wall and Brighter Sound, The Aviva Community Fund and the One Manchester Community Fund.

Here’s to 2016 and to developing the next generation of creatives and artists, we’re lucky to spend every week with such amazing young people.

If you know any 11-18’s who would like to join the fun, please send them along!

Watch out Manchester!

p.s. thank you to Sara for coming along last week to take some photos of us:


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We are very excited to be having regular weekly sessions at Band on the Wall from 19th September. Full information including dates and times can be found here:


We are currently fundraising to help this incredible project reach even more young people. Jubacana plans to launch its next project in summer 2015 to welcome new members to weekly rehearsals at Band on the Wall​ (Manchester) supported by Brighter Sound​. A separate dance element of the project is also set to launch soon.

Whilst we gather support, we have scheduled a series of monthly taster workshops at legendary Manchester music venue, Band On The Wall!! These will take place in May, June and July (see list of dates below) for potential new members to try their hand at drumming, jamming with their melody instruments, singing in Portuguese, and playing alongside top percussionists.

If you know any 11-18 year olds who would like to give drumming and Brazilian percussion a go, improve their skills and meet lots of fellow minded young people to play in a big, exciting drumming group, please share this information.


Saturday 16th May | 12.30pm – 3pm
Saturday 13th June | 12.30pm – 3pm
Saturday 11th July | 12.30pm – 3pm

To sign up for these sessions, follow this link: