Juba is a sort of "dance" described as a "thigh slapping art form". It came from West Africa and was performed by African American slaves. It involves slapping various parts of the body - especially the hips, thighs, chest and arms - and also stomping. The noise of the slapping and stomping plays the role of percussion in the song, keeping the beat.

This is chanted as a call-and-response song.


*or "killed" or "chased".


Learn a Long Version of Juba here.

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Juba Dis an' Juba Dat

Thanks and Acknowledgements

This version of Juba can be found in "On the Trail of Negro Folk-Songs" (1925) by Dorothy Scarborough.