Jujuba delivers a funky, danceable style of Nigerian Afrobeat and Juju music. The strength of the eleven 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 event.
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 Afrobeat, Juju and traditional Nigerian folk music. Nojeem Lasisi and Jujuba have created a unique blend of African and Western music they hope is enjoyable to all.
Since the fall of 2002, the band has elicited a strong flow of positive feedback from audiences, concert promoters, festival organizers and the press. As Marty Hughley of The Oregonian puts it, “the heat and flavor was all in the groove.” The joy Jujuba shares with its audiences encourages new material, a tighter connection and a growing energy from each show to the next.
Jujuba is: Nojeem Lasisi – Talking Drum & Vocals, Saeed Abbas – Kpanlogo Drums & Vocals, Don Corey – Bass, Miss Donna – Shekere & Dance, Gus Slayton – Tenor Saxophone & Vocals, Ethan Flaherty – Guitar & Vocals, Joel Griffith – Trumpet, Derek Bondy – Trombone, Marc Silverman – Keyboards & Vocals, Ji Tanzer – Drum Set, Bruce Withycombe – Baritone Saxophone & Vocals