Welcome to JAKA! We are an Afro Pop Funk dance band, playing music of Africa and America. Our songs date from a thousand years ago to modern originals that combine ancient and contemporary instruments and harmonies. JAKA will "pulsate" you right out of your chair to get you up and moving to the music!
This band was formed by Dan Pauli close to twenty years ago in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dan is the keystone for the group and he brings a heritage stretching to the Pacific NW and the great teachers of Zimbabwe.
Our core band mates are Dan Pauli on mbira, vocals, and marimba; Marco Topo on bass; Lee Steck on drums and vocals; Hountor Gent on mbira, mandolin, percussion and vocals; and Jessie Garcia on guitar and vocals. We have a large family of musicians locally and an even larger community of visiting international artists. Just like at other times, other places, our group swells to include these other musicians as they appear.
JAKA can expand in number for large venues like the Crestone Music Festival or compress to a smaller sound and size for private parties or gallery openings.
JAKA is unique because we have our own World Rhythm Studio located in Santa Fe where marimba and Taiko Drumming classes are offered (at separate times). The studio also serves as a work shop for the creation of Dan's unique line of instruments.
For information about booking, taking classes or purchasing instruments just see the contact info on the left side of our website.
Consider custom marimbas and mbiras to order for making your own music!