Cuba Dupa 2017

Wellington’s vibrant street festival revering the epic creative spirit of Cuba Street and the Wellington community.


Celtic / World

Urban sounds & musical soundscapes, led by charmed melodies on the flute and lit up with jazz-tinged arrangements, heavy grooves, spooky brass solos, tremolo affected electric guitars, lonely banjo lines and dramatic breakdowns. Evocative and exotic vocals – some, in an inspired twist, chant-like. This is ALDOC! Led by Dubliner Alan Doherty (Lord of the Rings Flute soloist) and described by Irish Folk hero Christy Moore as a “revelation” – the global sound on their debut album “From Tallaght to Halle” definitely breaks the sound barrier!


The Troubles present

Big Trouble
Music performance
Big Trouble is a super big extension of John Rae’s Wellington super group The Troubles. Augmenting their 10 piece line up with additional strings and horns to create a magical unique sound that is both danceable, listenable and above all hugely entertaining.


Carnival Bloco
Street Music
Carnival Bloco brings the vibrant rhythms of 150 Samba drummers and dancers from around NZ and Australia to CubaDupa. Coming together are AKSamba (Auckland), Sambatron (Hamilton), Tauranga Samba, Samba de Sol (Nelson), Bay Batucada (Hawkes Bay), O’Ziriguidum (Melbourne) and Wellington Batucada. Dress up, get your dancing shoes on and get ready to be involved cos you’re gonna want to shake yer booty! You’ll find them on stage, on the streets, and jamming in Te Aro Park on both days – and on Sunday they’ll be joining forces for a great big Carnival Finale to close the festival.


Australia & UK
Circus, music, theatre

The Chipolatas, custodians of an ever-evolving tradition, blending the old and the new, where circus meets theatre and live music is played. A common ground where magic is made.

Transcending trends, capturing hearts and crossing boundaries, these 3 actors / musicians / clowns, perform a story without words.


Fraser Hooper presents

Country Life
Street Theatre Performance

Take one award winning clown, sprinkle on some magic, turn up the comedy, add some eccentric dancing, a water skiing cow and a remote control duck and you have the perfect recipe for non stop laughter. Fresh from the worldwide success of his Boxing show, Fraser Hooper ventures into the great outdoors in another glorious concoction of ridiculous routines.

“Perfect comic timing, Hooper is super.”
The Sunday Mail Australia


Dymonagene present

Street Theatre
A mobile & musical street theatre show with a strange mechanical-music machine.
Cymbalobylette : n from the latin cymbalo, the cymbal, and from the greek bylette, the motorcycle without motor.
A hybrid mobile music machine, and a real mechanical battucada, which exclusively relies on muscular energy.
Two colleagues,travel all the way from their factory in France to present the strange machine made by their great-great-great grandfather.


East Harlem Schmackdown
Music Performance
Influenced by the sound of Issac Hayes, War, Herbie Mann, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and theme songs from the 70’s, the East Harlem Schmackdown is a party time band of exotic 70’s flute funk grooves. Fluff that afro, dig out those bell bottoms. Get on down and feel tha funk.
“It’s so damn hot. Milk was a bad choice” – Ron Burgundy


Electric Blue Witch Hop
Estère is a girl with an MPC she calls Lola. With Lola, Estère samples and records a wide variety of sounds she then uses to create a canvas of pulsating rhythms and evocative melodies. Her accompanying elastic voice and inquisitive lyrics help paint Estère’s own unique genre of Electric Blue Witch-Hop.


George & Noriko
Blues / World

George and Noriko break all the rules. The duo brings something unique, something unexpected.

Known as the Japanese Blues Cowboy and the Tsugaru shamisen player, they have been kicking up a storm wherever they play.  George’s lightning fast blues licks & growling harmonica enhanced by Noriko’s percussive sounds of the shamisen (Traditional Japanese banjo) has morphed into a kind of bluegrass hard country blues with a Japanese twist.


Kirsten Te Rito
Music Performance
Sydney Morning Herald called her vocals ‘spectacular’, & that’s no exaggeration. Award-winning songstress Kirsten Te Rito teams up with some of NZ’s most accomplished musicians for a killer showcase of original, electro/future soul delights & downright musical wizardry. Big beats, lush soundscapes & soaring vocals take you on a sonic journey in English & Te Reo Māori. Feat. James Illingworth-Bliss n Eso, Darren Mathiassen-Shapeshifter, Johnny Lawrence-Electric Wire Hustle, Justin Clarke-FlyMyPretties.


Les Grooms presents

Les Grooms
Theatrical Brass Band

With a “play-anywhere-for-anybody” attitude this theatrical brass band from France, roam the streets of CubaDupa promising a joyous mélange of music and comedy. The Grooms play repertoire ranging from folk to jazz, from ethnic to the classics, from medevial airs to film themes, with a smattering of original compositions thrown in. Sometimes, they even sing…

This multi-talented band can improvise a tune for a single passer-by or suddenly become a living red-carpet ; are capable of inflicting an individual musical torture session or invade a shop or invade a shop; and might well finish off with a tender serenade to a lucky bystander.



Mass Cuba St Funk Orchestra
Funk and Soul
Take The Eggs, well known as the funkiest band in the land, and add half a tea cup of Funky Bass, a pound of Funky Fat Back Drums, 4 Tablespoons of Funky Memphis Guitar, another pinch of Funky Keyboards, and what you get is a whole Mass of Funk on the stage. That’s right, two of Everything Funky = A Funky Good Time!


Music Performance
Mermaidens are a three-piece outfit from Wellington. They are renowned for their intricate and unique songwriting, boldly raw but increasingly refined studio production, and a hypnotic live synergy that leaves audiences enchanted. After support slots for acts such as Mac Demarco and Death Cab For Cutie, as well as numerous sold out New Zealand headline shows, Mermaidens have become a staple ‘must see’ act in the New Zealand music scene.


Ready Sett
Music Performance
Ready Sett began in early 2014 with a sound reminiscent of The White Stripes and The Black Keys. Nowadays they draw inspiration from punk, indie, and riot grrrl groups from the ’90s. The duo’s songs reflect their feminist consciousness, coming to life through simple pop hooks, crushing guitar riffs and irreverent humour. They released their debut EP in December 2015 titled ‘The Badger EP’.


Superhero Second Line
Traditional New Orleans Style Second Line
Superhero Second Line is a mixing pot of culture and identity! Bringing together the familiar sounds of the traditional New Orleans Brass Band, with modern pop and classic blues songs, Superhero Second Line are entertaining to people from all walks of life!! As retired Super heroes, they decided to pick up instruments and form a band playing tunes from our favorite genres, often heard on Superhero Radio…


AK Samba and City of Auckland Pipe Band present

Tartan Samba
Music Performance

A combination of Brazilian Samba Percussion & Scottish Highland Bagpipe music, Tartan Samba brings together the rhythm and grooves of AKSamba with the pipe music of the City of Auckland Pipe Band. To spice it up they add a twist to old Scottish crowd favourites and incorporate some Northern French/Breton and Northern Spanish/Asturian tunes.

It’s a surprising mash-up musical revolution!


The Eggs
Rhythm and Soul
It remains unclear as to which came first, the chicken or The Eggs. Regardless, this ensemble has been the most obstinate omelette on Wellington’s music buffet for upward of 15 years. Enter the orbit of the omnipotent organ where the dance floor dreams of devastating drums! Become enamored of the elliptically eloquent extemporizations of Imon Starr. Be enthralled by the awe-inspiring elucidations of the oracular, the spectacular Lisa Tomlins.


The Frank Burkitt Band
Music Performance
Original toe tapping acoustic swing with hints of bluegrass, jazz and country thrown in. Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle, Banjo Melodica and Double Bass.


Tomorrow People
TOMORROW PEOPLE have become the Wellington ambassadors for reggae music in Aotearoa. With 3 powerful lead singers and soothing harmonies, they are backed by exceptional instrumentalists, adding to that essential summer feel. The band brings a live performance of original music that has seen them sell out tours all over New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, Guam & Rarotonga.