When Global Grooves’ Artistic Director, Holly Prest, returned from Brazil, having been awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust travelling fellowship to further explore her knowledge of Brazilian culture, she founded Juba do Leão.
Manchester based, the band was founded in 2005 and offers both beginners and expert musicians and dancers the chance to broaden their understanding of Brazilian music and culture, as well as taking part in large-scale national performance events, education work, and youth engagement projects. Inspired by the floor-shaking rhythms and vibrant dances of North-Eastern Brazil, the band is a formidable powerhouse that prides itself on maintaining its original community spirit whilst striving for ambitious performance opportunities around the UK to share its jaw-dropping energy with willing ears!
And such was the popularity of Juba do Leão that Jubacana, its sister youth band, was born. Jubacana is a youth-led, fusion music and performance project based in Oldham for 8-18s, inspired by the music of Brazil, Africa and South-Asia with a UK twist.
Making a massive sound with Brazilian percussion instruments, creating original music with melodic guitars, bass, drum kit and flute thrown into the mix, all combined with vibrant dance choreographies, Jubacana is run by a team of inspirational young people supported by experienced arts leaders. The band and aims to reach new heights to show what young people can achieve through arts-based learning and performance.