Juma Sultan

Juma Sultan (born April 13, 1942, in Monrovia, California). Juma is a musician who has been involved in music for over 50 years having endeavored to increase the understanding of music in the context of African and Afro-American cultures. He may be best known for his appearance at the Woodstock Festival of 1969 at Bethel Woods, playing with Jimi Hendrix. He currently plays in the African performance group Sankofa, the band Sons of Thunder, and with the Juma Sultan Band.


Sultan performed in 1969 at Woodstock in Hendrix’s band, Gypsy Sun and Rainbows and on the Dick Cavett show and at a special show in Harlem, New York several weeks later. He was interviewed extensively for the documentary films, Jimi Hendrix and Jimi Hendrix: Live at Woodstock. You can also find him on approximately 12 of Jimi Hendrix’ posthumous releases.


Juma Sultan’s musical talents span jazz, rock, blues and spirituals throughout decades of performing, producing and recording. In 2006, Clarkson University, in conjunction with Sultan, received a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to preserve Sultan’s audio and video documentation of avant-garde jazz during the 1960s and 1970s. The collection may be viewed at www.jumasarchive.org.


Sultan appeared at the National Rock Con from July 30, 2010 – August 1, 2010.


Sultan also joined Vince Martell, Spanky & Our Gang, and Bleu Ocean at B.B. Kings on August 2, 2010 for the encore of “California Dreaming“.


Juma also recorded with Archie Shepp, Noah Howard, Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, Sonny Simmons, Daoud Haroon, Asha Nan, Emmeretta Marks, Don Moore Band, Sankofa, and Dark Matter Theory.


Selected Discography

  1. Manhattan Egos – Sonny Simmons (1969) – bass, congas
  2. The Black ArkNoah Howard (1969) – congas
  3. The Cry of LoveJimi Hendrix (1971) – percussion
  4. Rainbow BridgeJimi Hendrix (1971) – congas, percussion
  5. Things Have Got to ChangeArchie Shepp (1971) – percussion on “Money Blues” (uncredited)
  6. Attica BluesArchie Shepp (1972) – percussion
  7. Live at the Village Vanguard – Noah Howard (1972) – percussion
  8. Jimi Hendrix(Soundtrack) (1973) – percussion
  9. Crash LandingJimi Hendrix (1975) – percussion
  10. Kwanza – Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre (1977) – percussion
  11. Woodstock (Jimi Hendrix album)Jimi Hendrix (1994) – percussion
  12. Voodoo SoupJimi Hendrix (1995) – percussion
  13. First Rays of the New Rising SunJimi Hendrix (1997) – percussion
  14. South Saturn DeltaJimi Hendrix (1997) – percussion
  15. Live at WoodstockJimi Hendrix (1999) – percussion
  16. The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceJimi Hendrix (2000) – percussion
  17. Valleys of NeptuneJimi Hendrix (2010) – percussion
  18. The Juice Quartet Archives: Volumes 1,2, & 3 – Alan Glover (2010) – congas
  19. West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix AnthologyJimi Hendrix (2010) – percussion
  20. Live at Woodstock (Deluxe Edition)Jimi Hendrix (2010) – percussion
  21. Father of Origin – Juma Sultan’s Aboriginal Music Society (2011) – bass, hand drums & percussion, ahoudt, wooden flutes

Selected Filmography/Videography

  1. Jimi Hendrix: The Dick Cavett Show (1969)
  2. Woodstock (1970)
  3. Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock (1992)
  4. Jimi Hendrix: Live at Woodstock (1999)
  5. Biography (TV Series) – Jimi Hendrix: The Man They Made God (2000)
  6. Jimi Hendrix : Blues (Deluxe Version) (2010)
  7. Biography (TV Series) – Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child (2010)


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