About Jon Braman

+Lives and performs regularly in NYC.
+Dubbed 'Father of ukulele hip hop' in 2007 by the Washington City Paper.
+Co-host of NY’s hottest underground cross-genre jam-session: ‘The Melting Pot’, monthly at Pianos (NYC), with Webbafied, Mag, Arthur Lewis, Ray McNaught, Rose Rutledge, Rob Melso.
+Resident songwriter on WBAI radio, 99.5 FM, the Artsy Fartsy show, Tuesdays 2-3 pm.
+Featured in 2010 documentary "The Mighty Uke"
+3-time regional finalist in Mountain Stage New Song Contest.
+Opened for reigning ukulele world champion, Jake Shimabukuro at the Gramercy Theater, NYC.


Since finding (literally) his instrument of choice in 1995, NYC-based singer-songwriter Jon Braman carries and plays the ukulele everywhere he goes. His unique style of music, which combines Jon’s rapping and ukulele playing with a live hip hop band, was born after listening to Outkast’s classic album ‘Southernplayalisticadillacmuzic’. With drums, bass, keys, saxophone, trombone, beatbox, harmonies, lyrical sparring with fellow MCs - the Jon Braman Band is a truly one-of-a-kind musical experience going down right now in NYC. Without exaggeration, you have never heard anything quite like this, and are almost guaranteed to get hooked on the first listen.


Sprouting Daisies out of my Hair (solo, 2004)
Climatastrophunk (recorded in DC and NY - 2007, various collaborators)
Guru video directed by Mark Betancourt
You and Me (Jon Braman Band debut, 2011, NYC)
'The 99'Video featuring MaG and Webbafied

Key Tracks

Yesterday - unforgettable reggae love song that will probably give you goose bumps.
Panama - swampy blues rap with a swinging hard-hitting beat and chorus you can really wail on
The Weather - a southern-rap-meets-rainforest-rock anthem about global warming
Tip top - the original ukulele rap banger. Againandagainandagainandagain over beatbox, bass and baritone uke

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