Cuba Dupa
Cuba Dupa 2017

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

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Retro Space Family presented by

AK Samba

Auckland
Street Music
AKSamba step back in time to the start of space travel with a Retro-Moon-Family theme, just like The Jetsons! The ‘Samba family of the future’ are complete with big shoulder pads, moon boots, jet packs and sonic silver drums delivering infectious beats to the Wellington streets. AKSamba is an innovative world percussion band based in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. Their musical style is a fusion of hot Brazilian rhythms (such as samba, samba-reggae, coco, baio) with drum & bass, hip-hop and other dance influences.

 

ALDOC

Dublin
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!

Aldoc is proudly supported by Culture Ireland.

 

ALL ABOARD Tarrant Dancers

Wellington
Street Dance
ALL ABOARD with the super shipshape Tarrant Dancers – sound- energy – dance – rhythm on 36 1m2 boards in a cacophany of pattern and colour 36 dancers aboard 36 platforms dancing up a storm on Cuba Street for CUBADUPA.

 

Aroma Dj Politca & Dj Dr Huup

New Zealand
Aroma DJ
Come and enjoy a special kind of alchemy as the euphonious tones of Dj Dr Huup intertwine with the enchanting bouquets and seductive smell sensations of Aroma Dj Politica. Performed for the first time in New Zealand, join us for an enticing dance expedition to distant dance shores and let your senses come alive!

 

70s Crazy Disco Soul presented by

Bay Batucada

Hawkes Bay
Street Music
Bay Batucada pay homage to the 70’s disco and soul scene with way out wacky costumes, hairstyles, moustache styles, beard styles, side burn styles, bling styles and attitude to match. The Bay Batucada group is convinced that their performance will spark a retro revolution back to 70’s fashions. Bring it on back!

 

Bazurka

Wellington
Music performance
Musical Performance: Balkan, Gypsy Folk Music – Bazurka are a collective of Wellington musicians, coming together to present their modern take on balkan gypsy and folk music. Intricate and exotic melodies, driving rhythms and tear jerking ballads are all on the menu as this seven piece powerhouse present some of the best music to come out of Serbia, Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria and more.

 

Capital E presents

BLOOM

Wellington
Childrens Workshops
BLOOM
with Capital E, for all ages
Is it a dinosaur, a spaceship, a chandelier, a cloud? Come and bring BLOOM to life!
Consisting of thousands of identical pink pieces, children and big kids alike can connect, construct and deconstruct 3D installations with no boundaries or rules. Grow an alien garden and cultivate surreal landscapes that are truly one of a kind – only your imagination is the limit.
BLOOM is part of Capital E’s National Arts Festival for children and young people. From 13-25 March there are performances across the city taking place, from dance to music to outdoor performance. Visit capitale.org.nz for more information.

 

Bucket Fountain Babe

Wellington
Street Theatre Performance
Catherine Badwind is back for bucket loads of rubber duck fun and games at The Bucket Fountain! Great fun for all ages, especially kids (or children at heart). Come join Badwind for her annual bucket fountain challenge. Will you be crowned King or Queen of The Bucket Fountain?

 

Rise of the DanceBots presented by

Bureaucrats That Dance

Wellington
Dance Performance
Set in the near future, a world where robots are increasing in number and doing most of the things humans once did, but better and faster. Human morale is at an all time low and most of the humans who are still bothering to eat and breathe have augmented their body parts with bot attachments in a poor attempt to compete with robots. However, the one thing robots can’t do as well as humans is dance. To be human is to dance. This group of human resistance dancers are on the move. Their mission? To reclaim humanity!

 

C-26

Wellington
Cuban & Latin Salsa Music
C-26 is a sizzling seven piece salsa band from Wellington. A great mix of South American and Kiwi musicians who bring vibrant and energetic music to the Wellington scene. Their sound and style is inspired by playing salsa classics from Cuba and Puerto Rico, with the first female Latino salsa singer resident in Wellington, Anayibi Loboa from Colombia. Authentic sound of salsa that simply makes you want to move.

 

Splendid Teapot Racing and Tea Duelling presented by

Capital! Steampunk

Wellington
Street Theatre Performance
Take a radio-controlled vehicle, remove the body, attach a teapot, decorate to taste and race through an obstacle course against the clock. Plus the Wellington-invented variation, premiered at CubaDupa 2016: Teapot Sheepdog Trials. Tea duelling is a very civilised way of settling disputes with tea and biscuits. And very little blood.

 

Carlos Navae

Wellington
Latino
Originally from Acapulco, Mexico, Carlos Navae is a journey of Afro-Latino musical genres. His music reflects through musical genres such as Traditional Mexican, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Salsa, Samba Funk and Caribbean beats such as Reggae, Merengue and Reggaeton that have been inviting audiences of Mexico, New Zealand & OZ into celebrating life through a music concert from musicians from different backgrounds.

 

Carnival Bloco

All of New Zealand
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.

 

DANZ Dance Programme

Ceroc Dance NZ

Wellington
Dance
Ceroc® Dance is a social partner dance generally done to chart toppers and old favourites. It is a partner dance that you can dance just about anywhere!
Ceroc® Dance classes are fun, a great way to keep fit and to meet people. It can be danced by first-time dancers with “two left feet” and yet can be danced by accomplished dancers. You can walk into any Ceroc class and have you dancing out!

 

Chipolatas

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.

 

Clan Celtica

Auckland
Street Music
Clan Celtica is a Scottish Tribal band made up of 5 drummers and a Great Highland Bagpiper. Their music is uniquely Scottish. And is best described as an exciting mix of emotive Celtic melodies alongside pulsating dynamic drum beats, both slow and fast. Apart from having an almost eerie hypnotic atmospheric ambiance the drums live up to their reputation as the sound of Thunder!

 

Kiwi BBQ presented by

Colossal Productions

Wellington
Circus
Kev, Bev and Trev like nothing more than a good ol’ Kiwi BBQ. So they chucked their 6 burner in the back of the Ute, found a gas tank with a little more than half in it and hit the streets to share their love for outdoor cooking. What should be simple method of cooking sausages and other meat based produce, soon turns into absolute mayhem!

PS. Vegetarian options provided
PPS. All food is hypothetical – BYO imagination

 

DANZ Dance Programme

Cotton Daisy Backstep

Wellington
Square Dance
Cotton Daisy Backstep play the old ‘hillbilly’ music of the Appalachian Mountains of America. Their square dances hark back to the days of the pioneers, shotgun totin’ farmers and moonshiners. On banjo, guitar, bass and fiddle, they bring you that tub-thumping goodness no book-learning can give; the very roots of Americana. Dances are taught and no experience or partner needed. Prizes for the best male and female old-time attire.

 

Cumbia Blazera

Wellington
Cumbia
Cumbia Blazera features 11 handsome guys from the ‘Sunday Blazers’ Football Club, playing instruments and singing upbeat tunes: Colombian classics, Kiwi hits (‘Cumbia-fied’) and their own original songs. Some of them are professional musicians; some are South American; some are ‘other’. It’s always an epic party! They sing in Spanish, English, and in the universal language of chanting sounds like ‘Wai-ooo’. In April 2017 they are touring Colombia – choice!

 

ZEAL presents

Devon Welch

Solo Musician
Devon is a singer/songwriter who bases his musical existence on positive messages. He uses his life journey to write songs aimed at bringing a new light and refreshed perspective of life to his audiences.
Influenced by his love of funk, reggae, soul and NZ Music, Devon is always looking at ways to branch out and find new ways to write his music. He aims to spread his music far and wide to those who find a connection with what he has to say.

 

Dimestore Skanks

Wellington
Ska
Dimestore Skanks are a rowdy 8 piece Party Punk Ska band. These Wellington based boys have been around since 2011 and love nothing more than putting on a high octane show and dancing until they can’t dance anymore. Bring your skankin’ shoes along, get that back up off the wall, and join them live for a party like no other.

 

DJ PG

Auckland
Music performance
From Sao Paulo, Brazil Marcos Koga aka Dj PG has more than twenty years of experience on the decks. Using most of his research work with elements of the Brazilian Music from the 60s and 70s mixed with classic hip hop tunes, rock and soul. PG has been a resident in most of the heavyweight clubs in Sao Paulo, all over Brazil, and around the world.

 

Duelling Pianos

Wellington
Boogie
We put two upright acoustic pianos face to face with a very brave drummer in the middle. Guns are drawn and a piano duel begins. The music is highly energetic and features familiar songs.

 

La Cymbalobylette presented by

Dynamogene

France
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

Wellington
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

 

ZEAL presents

Equilibrium Trio

Wellington
Music
Combining eccentric harmonies and excessively metaphoric lyrics, Equilibrium Trio create music which is enjoyed mostly by elderly relatives who are socially obliged to do so. 
Equilibrium Trio began in 2013 and is comprised of three friends who have often prioritised music over having a social life. Consisting of only three voices and a guitar, they have regularly been compared to Fleet Foxes and similarly overtly niche bands. Their debut EP “Constellations” is to be released this year.

 

Estère

Wellington
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.

 

THE REBEL PINK presented by

Footnote

Wellington
Dance
An explosion of hot pink, vintage chrome and live sound, NOW 2017: The Rebel Pink by Footnote New Zealand Dance provides three emerging choreographers with an opportunity to create New Original Work in a world conjured by New Zealand dance luminary Malia Johnston, designer extraordinaire Marcus McShane and world class drummer/musician Tom Scrase (ex-Strike). Expect to be enthralled: expect to have a blast.

 

Country Life presented by

Fraser Hooper

Wellington
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

 

George & Noriko

Melbourne
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.

 

Hans Pucket

Wellington
Music Performance
Hans Pucket is the musical pseudonym of twins Oli and Callum Devlin, and multi-instrumentalist wunderkind Jono Nott (ONONO). Raised on a diet of Abba, Beach Boys and Big Chill soundtrack CDs, and survivors of an adolescence in the guitar-pop saturated 2000s, Hans Pucket contemplate the darkest angst of modern love and life, and really want to make you dance.

 

ZEAL presents

HUZKY

Wellington
DJ’s
Made up of Jack Laven & Sebastian Vallance, HUZKY are a DJ/production duo from Wellington. Having played in bands together since the start of high school, the pair finally found their roots in electronic music. With fat slapping 808s and bubbly melodies, HUZKY are notorious for their heavy, trappy sound.

 

Kirsten Te Rito

Wellington
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.

 

DANZ Dance Programme

Lala and Marimba Mojo

Wellington
African Dance
Tamba! (‘To play around and have fun’)
Wellington’s African music performers and community musicians will combine to present a participatory singing and dancing party where everyone is invited to join in the music and dance. The music will feature groovy and hypnotic sounds from Zimbabwe and Madagascar played on African marimbas by Marimba Mojo. Lala Simpson’s effervescent personality and remarkable dance teaching skills will have everyone moving together in authentic fashion. High energy song and dance fun for all the family!

 

DANZ Dance Programme

Le Dance with Sacha Copland

Wellington
Dance
Le Dance perform pop-up dances for events all over town and love to get the city grooving. The group brings together some of Wellington’s diverse dance community to celebrate dancing for the sheer joy of it.

Le Dance sprung from Le Grand Continental’s group of volunteer dancers for the opening of the 2016 NZ Festival.

Sacha Copland is the artistic director of Wellington’s Java Dance Theatre. She brings immersive dance to the heart of the city.

 

La Barronade presented by

Les Grooms

France
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. Le Grooms play repertoire ranging from folk to jazz, from ethnic to the classics, from medieval 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 ; and might well finish off with a tender serenade to a lucky bystander.

Les Grooms is proudly supported by Institut français, Région Centre val de Loire and la Spedidam.

 

Mass Cuba St Funk Orchestra

Wellington
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!

 

Mermaidens

Wellington
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.

 

ZEAL presents

MISHAP

Wellington
Pop Punk
Mishap play 90s/early 2000s pop punk, taking influences from bands like Green Day and blink-182 but renewing this sound with the crisp audio production, tight, exciting live shows and the teenage angst of modern bands such as Neck Deep, Knuckle Puck and The Story So Far. They started playing music together in April last year and have been playing shows almost every weekend since. In the short time they have been a band, they have played shows all around the lower North Island and distributed an EP.

 

NAG – Off the Grid & Off the Wall

Wellington
Bicycle Powered Music
Nag is a self-powered art studio made from entirely recycled components that are powered solely through the energy of the artists pedalling as they work. For CubaDupa 2017 Nag is teaming up with a series of delicious musical and experimental performers to create the energy to perform, and generate the power needed for their performance. They will be spinning a bicycle-powered record player, wafting things, projecting things, and (literally) attempting to blow things up.

 

DANZ Dance Programme

Namnita Kumar Bollywood

Wellington
Dance
Spice up your dance moves Bollywood style. Come learn some new moves to modern upbeat music with Namnita Kumar, a fun have a go workshop for all ages and abilities.

 

ZEAL presents

No Sleep After Midnight

Wellington
Rock
No Sleep after Midnight, a Wellington based youth band that is sure to entertain. Over the past three years they have been actively playing venues throughout Wellington and the Lower North Island. While having fun putting their own rock flavour on well known hits, they are also enjoying being creative with their own original music, making sure there is something for everyone. No Sleep after Midnight are Brooke Wood (Vocals) Logan Wood (Lead Guitar/BV’s) Taylar Mallo (Bass) and Simon Buxton (Drums)

 

Olmecha Supreme

Thames
Live Hip Hop
Olmecha Supreme started out as a solo MPC project headed by Captain Imon Starr in the early 00ʻs. Fusing elements of Hip Hop, Jazz, Reggae, Blues, Roots, Electronica, Funk, Punk, Noise, Video Game music, and Martial Arts film sound tracks into something called “Afro Futuristic Roots Music” and Featuring New Zealandʻs champion Rap Boxer “King Home Boy” and the Captain improvising around themes of love, war, revolution, comedy, and hope.

 

Orpheus Choir of Wellington

Wellington
Music Performance
The mighty Orpheus Choir of Wellington are well known for their dramatic symphonic performances. Presenting Kiwi hits, enlivened by a jazz trio, they escape the confines of the classical concert hall to support insanely talented soloists as an oversized backup vocal ensemble. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear your favourite NZ pop tunes as you’ve never heard them before.

 

Percolators Brass Band

Wellington
Music Performance
Percolators Brass Band are a traditional second-line band performing quintessential street music of New Orleans. Featuring musicians from groups such as Soldiers Of The Pharaoh, Tunes Of I, Richter City Rebels and Hollie Smith. This conglomerate has joined together to present a distinguished and vibrant show immersed in the deep roots of New Orleans jazz, and mixing elements of soul, blues, funk and modern jazz, to deliver an exuberant and captivating show. Get your feet tappin’ and your hips shakin’!

 

ZEAL presents

Peyton Morete

Wellington
Singer Songwriter
Peyton Morete is a 14 year old singer songwriter from the Kapiti Coast. She has performed regularly over the last four years in the region and at music festivals. She has won Smokefree RockQuest Manawatu solo category for the last two years running. She also won the Wellington Super Star Talent Quest held in September. Peyton performs mainly her own music which deals with lot of issues facing young people today.

 

Phantasticus

Wellington
Gypsy Jazz
Violins, guitars and double bass whisper, seduce, and shout. Complex arrangements rub sexy shoulders with dance-floor favourites. Original tunes meet Django Reinhardt and Michael Jackson in a darkened hall-way, creating beautiful love-children, some of which we had to send into hiding. While time travelling from 1920’s Paris, we briefly got lost in Serbia before ending up in Wellington. Now we play beautiful music for you!

 

Goethe Institut presents

Princessin Hans

Berlin Germany
Theatrical Punk Musicians
Punk Connoisseurs Princessin Hans grew up on Berlin’s queer literature and cabaret stages, and is made up of NZ-born Hans Kellett and Germany’s musical mischief-maker Jörg Hochapfel. Onstage they blur conventional clichés of celebrity and identity while juggling musical genres like some folks juggle knives. For the first time in their 13-year career they are returning to Hans’ homeland, Aotearoa, and CubaDupa will be their first ever performance in here.

 

DANZ Dance Programme

Projekt Team

Wellington
Dance
NZ’s leading all style street dance collective PROJEKT TEAM will be teaming up with some local talent in a showcase battle where you are the judge. Projekt Team are heavily involved in the freestyle battle scene and have had winners in the last 6 major NZ events including Summer Showdown in Raglan, Ultimate All Style Champs in Hamilton and SDNZ Nationals in Auckland. Don’t miss these crazy champions in action!

 

Urban Garden and Creative Workshops presented by

REACT

Manawatu
Street
Welcome to our weekend transformation of an inner city car park into an Urban Garden Paradise with fabulous blooms, pallet seating and a playable junk orchestra! Using home grown, low impact and reusable resources, help us grow the Urban Garden with workshops for the young and not so young. Butterflies and Blooms: Create large butterflies from homegrown willow and tissue, or small flowers/ blooms from reused foam to enhance the Urban Garden ambiance, or take home as a memento.
Junk Instruments: make paint bucket drums, and horns to blow, from reused materials with simple construction.
Make, play and create, or just relax and enjoy the family atmosphere in an oasis amongst the street festivities.

 

Big Girl's do the CubaDupa presented by

REACT BIG GIRLS

Manawatu
Street Theatre
The Big Girl’s will be taking to the streets of CubaDupa in a dancing parade. Come and join them for a ‘larger than life’ party. Big Girl’s are giant puppet representatives made with and by women of diverse nationalites who call Aotearoa New Zealand home. They’re about making a space on the streets for all, in celebration of our cultural diversity.

 

Ready Sett

Wellington
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’.

 

ZEAL presents

Retrospect

Wellington
Indie Rock
Formed early in 2016, Retrospect are an indie-rock band based in Wellington.
Taking inspiration from the likes of ‘The Strokes’ and ‘Cage the Elephant’, the band mixes jangly guitar riffs with bright, harmonised vocal performances from the two lead singers.
During their relatively short existence, Retrospect have kept busy; placing as national finalists the 2016 Smokefree Rockquest, and recording an EP, released early 2017.

 

ZEAL presents

Right Seater

Wellington
Punk Grunge
We are a young 3-piece punk/grunge band rocking the Wellington live scene. We formed in 2014 and since then have played shows all over the lower North Island. 2016 saw us record and release our debut EP.

 

Sam Trubridge

Wellington
Performance Art
Sam Trubridge is a performance artist, designer, director and curator. He has created productions for Sadler’s Wells (London), La MaMa (New York), Teatro Studio di Scandicci (Florence), and the Auckland Festival. He is artistic director of The Performance Arcade: an annual festival on Wellington Waterfront.
A large sphere of inflated black plastic is inhabited by a walker in a work that has travelled throughout the world. The sphere’s movement through various environments damages the thin plastic, gradually deflating its spherical form until it degrades into rubbish. Each act of blind navigation produces a dialogue with different spaces, surfaces and people.

 

Catching the Sun presented by

Samba de Sol

Nelson
Street Music
Samba de Sol – literally ‘Samba of the Sun’ – is a community based percussion group who are in their seventh year of bringing the vibrant rhythms of Brazilian Samba to the streets of Nelson. This year, Samba de Sol bring you ‘Catching the Sun’ – a dazzling performance inspired by Maui and warmed by the outstanding Nelson climate. Don’t miss this shining group of percussionists and dancers as they light up the Wellington streets with radiance, and perhaps a surprise friend or two….

 

Sailing the Seven Seas presented by

Sambatron

Hamilton
Street Dance
Sambatron have made a name for themselves for their lively energetic performances and colourful creativity. Honing their trade by doing what they love, Sambatron bring the passion and vibrancy of Brazilian-style street samba percussion to Kiwi audiences.

 

Shabby Salon

Wellington
Street Theatre and Participation
Enter through the floral curtain fronted Shabby Salon into a world often missed by the average Cuba St pedestrian. Where plastic bouquets, glittery objects and cast aside toys finally find their place in the world. The stylists of the Shabby Salon, at the top of their game, transform average Wellington hairstyles into wonderlands of colour and mayhem in an exuberant performance of pandemonium.

 

Superhero Second Line

Auckland
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…

 

Carp Diem presented by

Tape Art NZ

Wellington
Visual Art
‘Carp Diem’ is a street art installation by public art team Struan Ashby & Erica Duthie (Tape Art NZ) who will transform a section of Ghuznee St into a mystical fish-pond waterscape. Using recycled PVC and tape drawn directly onto the street, oversized fantastical fish will lead pedestrians to wend their way through the lily pads in search of surprises lurking half hidden amidst the rippled water.

 

AK Samba and City of Auckland Pipe Band present

Tartan Samba

Auckland
Scottish Batucada
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!

 

Wings of Fire presented by

Tauranga Samba

Tauranga
Street Music
Tauranga Samba is a Brazilian style drumming and percussion band. They play their our own unique and funky blend of batucada: a richly rhythmic and infectious style of Samba: the heartbeat of Rio Carnival. The band members vary in age and ethnicity from all over the world and unite in our common interest to entertain and enjoy the samba beat.

 

The 16th

Wellington
Music Performance
The 16th is a cinematic soul experience. Vinyl cracks, warped magnetic tapes, and 8 track breakbeats combine with a live eight piece band that draws on influences such as Air, The Cinematic Orchestra, Portishead and Massive Attack. Delivering soaring vocal lines and a massive horn sound backed by superheavyweight funky grooves.

 

The Bluegrass Referendum

Wellington
Music Performance
You’ve never heard string music like this; heart-wrenching harmonies, songs of longing and heartache and the lightning instrumentals that bluegrass music is famous for. Wellington’s Kim and Dusty (the duo that blends Kim Bonnington’s whisky harmonies with Dusty Burnell’s multi instrumental wizardry) meet Nat and Jenine from Auckland’s Pipi Pickers (as seen at Australia’s MountainGrass, Wellington Folk Festival, Auckland Folk Festival) in this soulful, spiritual union of sound.

 

The Eggs

Wellington
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

Wellington
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.

 

The River Jesters

Dunedin
Rock
The River Jesters are a modern rock quartet from Dunedin, New Zealand. Their sound is both powerful and unique, blending a blues / hard rock influence with unexpected undertones of psychedelia. With four national tours under their belt and four well received singles, the band have just released new album “Beautiful Mire” and will be playing 25 shows around NZ this summer.

 

Big Trouble Presented by

The Troubles

Wellington
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.

 

The Wellington Mingus Ensemble

Wellington
Music Performance
The Wellington Mingus Ensemble takes CubaDupa! Bear witness to the phenomenon that is the Wellington Mingus Ensemble. One of New Zealand’s most jaw-dropping jazz orchestras who pay homage to one of the most powerful composers to ever walk the earth. Appearing at one of Wellington’s favourite events, sixteen badasses will perform new tunes and as always, channel the same ole Mingus magic.

 

Toi Pōneke presents

Tiki Taane

New Zealand
Roots and Acoustic
Possibly one of the country’s most well-known and diverse artists & producers. Tiki Taane will be jamming a solo acoustic set to close out the Toi Pōneke Stage. Renowned as much for his powerful, headlining live performances as he is for the anthems he writes and produces. Tiki’s extraordinary ability to rock the mic as both a gifted performance MC and/or a solo acoustic performer is something to be experienced firsthand!

 

Tomorrow People

Wellington
Reggae
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.

 

ZEAL presents

UNCHAINED XL

Auckland
Rapper
Unchained XL (Hugh Ozumba) is a Nigerian Kiwi rapper and producer from central Auckland. A multi-instrumentalist and composer with distinct melodies, rhythms and textures of both the 70’s West African afrofunk and 90’s West Coast G-funk movement.Supervened on both classic and modern style Hip-hop beats, creating a sound that is easily recognizable as his own. Lyrically, Unchained XL juxtaposes between sharp, thought-provoking socio-political commentary; self reflection; lighthearted musings and honest discussions about his Christian faith.

 

The Galaxy Dresses presented by

Vospertron Galaxy Dresses

Auckland
Street Dance
Creating a visual symphony of light and movement as they swirl through the streets, the Galaxy Dresses dance you into a fairytale world with graceful elegance and flair.
Created by innovative leaders of unique furturistic style and wearable technology design, Vosperton.

 

Night Creatures of Aotearoa presented by

Wellington Batucada

Wellington
Street Music
Wellington Batucada brings the flamboyant world of Brazilian samba music to Wellington. Originally formed in November 2001 to perform in the Cuba Street Carnival, Wellington Batucada endeavours to replicate the authentic samba sound of Brazil. Their infectious, high-energy samba rhythms regularly make them crowd favourites at various parades and festivals around New Zealand. They will feature again after two consecutive successful performances at the CubaDupa Festival so look out for them in 2017.

 

Whakatau Opening

Wellington
Opening Ceremony
An opening or whakatau to clear the path, set the scene for Wellington’s award winning festival.
Join in on the Cuba Dupa opening that will see you experience 30 minutes of taonga puoro, mau rakau (Maori Martial Art), cultural performances and live music with the chance of participating in the official Cuba Dupa song performed by a collective of Wellington musicians and performers led by Noel Woods (Grove Roots) featuring Sianne, TUMA, Alistair Fraser, Pacifiesta, Amba Holly, Neha Gate plus much more.

 

White Face Crew POP Riders

Auckland
Street Theatre Clown
Watch out for the White Face Crew’s wacky wheels and blinged-out bikes. These clever clowns are bringing their unique style of physical comedy to CubaDupa. Capturing hearts and imaginations alike, White Face Crew spring surprise encounters on passers-by with roving performances inspired by physical theatre, clowning, play, and a smidge of mischief. White Face Crew Pop Riders premiered at Pop 2016, Auckland Council.

 

World Song Singing presented by

WOSOSI

Wellington
Music Performance
WOSOSI are a dynamic, a cappella choir who enjoy exploring the world’s rich singing traditions. They specialise in songs and chants from around the world, conveying each songs intention and wairua – whether that is a quiet longing for your homeland, celebrating the joy of independence won, the despair of loved ones lost or the delicate beauty of a song of peace.

 

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