HOOT! A Street Band Extravaganza! There are so many great street bands at CubaDupa this year, we have decided to start earlier on the Sunday, and turn the streets over to a street band extravaganza, and call it HOOT!
The bands come off the stages and play on the street level with the audience. With streetbands from New Zealand, Australia and United States and Canada, playing big brassy sounds including Gypsy Party Punk, Folk, Balkan, New Orleans Second Line, and Funk.
Bands will play and parade the length of Cuba Street, with a WHAT A HOOT! finale at the Swan Stage.
This is a street party not to be missed.
Come and have a HOOT!
Street bands include:
Lemon Bucket Orkestra (Canada)
Aspire Big Band
Niko Ne Zna
The Unusual Suspects (Australia)
Free Agents Brass Band (United States)
Richter City Rebels
RNZ Airforce Band
United Samba Schools of NZ, team up with the Wellington Community Choir to perform a range of songs from different parts of Brazil, featuring amazing Brazilian songstress: Alda Rezende.
CubaDupa and Wellington Community Choir go together, like lemon and honey, lime an’ de coconut
More than 250 performers will conglomerate at the Wellington Airport Swan Stage, to deliver a range of styles; from Marcha-rancho to Afoxe and Afro Samba. Darryn Sigley, Julian Raphael and Alda, have carefully selected songs to create a unique Carnival atmosphere reminiscent of Rio, Belo Horizonte or Salvador da Bahia. CubaDupa Carnival! Vamos lá!
Founded in Y2K, Disasteradio is a fast and fun synthpop project by New Zealand solo performer, Luke Rowell.
His fourteenth album “Sweatshop” was released earlier in 2017 and includes his favourite things: rich layers of plug-in synthesizers, symphonic vocoders, driving percussion and a classic approach to songwriting.
Playing high-energy live electronics, keyboards and vocoders, Rowell has played over 400 shows across 22 countries.
The Curbside Cabaret Jams are a new addition to CubaDupa – an opportunity for buskers, Jedi’s and passers-by alike to play a toon, have a rant or just sit and listen to an ever evolving and more-than-slightly unplanned showcase of humanity’s flotsam and jetstam. The Curbside Cabaret will be based in our Urban Garden on Leeds St next to the Fortune Favours Garden Bar.
Somewhere between soul and urban beats, Wellington’s George Young creates a fresh sound for your ears – blending minimal drum and bass sounds, with keys, guitar, and an emotive vocal performance.
Previously a front man for some genre smashing bands, George Young now emerges solo, with works that will completely flip your original conceptions.
Join Wellington’s 6’ 6” gentle giant for a night of deep moods and good vibes.
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.
Introducing one of New Zealand’s most well recognised figures with two decades of music experience in various genres. DJ Truce Lee.
Currently based in Wellington, he plays live to air on Radio Active’s Wednesday night jam, a longstanding Hip-Hop show in New Zealand. Also a member of the turntablist DJ Crew C.P.C (Capital Punishment Crew) and a resident DJ spinning every weekend at Boston on Blair. DJ Truce Lee will play alongside guest DJ’s showcasing hip-hop turntablism at its finest!
Guitarzan play an eclectic mix of 70/80/90/00’s rock/pop/country/soul hits. Essentially ‘Lounge Rock’ as we like to call it.
Guitarzan was born of the very deep and mysterious jungle. Legend has it they were raised by an advanced troop of apes, whose rhythmic sensibilities and inate sense of melodic sophistication, was passed onto the boys at an early and impressionable age. It is thought at least one of the Band is part primate, but we cannot be sure. Courtesy of stacking the band with a whole 3 guitar players, and a rock solid rhythm section, they are able bring excitement, certainly a toe tap or two, and musical surprises along the way.
Bringing the underground sounds back from the future, M-I-A 3000 mixes future funk with tweaked out tech infused bass that will make you move. “Machines rule the future and humans are sacrificed for medical experiments so dance while you have the freedom…”
Major Eazy and Ras Stone roll in with some heavyweight bass and upbeat vibes – Conjuring modern DJ voodoo with vintage midi trickery and Ragga style vocals, they broadcast a blend of Oldskool Jungle and modern Drums and Bass guaranteed to rattle the subs…
A family friendly dance jam for our little people to get down and funky! No age too young or old, Come along and join young dance groups and skilled B-Boy & B-Girls dance on the street. Hosted by Taniwha Bassline this baby rave will be fun for all!
The Royal New Zealand Air Force Band has been a vital unit of the New Zealand Defence Force for more than eighty years. The band in its current form is made up of highly-skilled reservists; with many also performing with leading ensembles around the country. The band maintains a regular schedule of ceremonial duties in Wellington, including parades to mark the arrival of international dignitaries and Anzac Day services.
Albi and The Wolves will engage, entertain and amaze with their immersive performances, driven by their original music. Their songs are heartfelt, soulful and encouraging of audience members to sing, dance or simply listen to the stories created by this traveling folk troop.
Using only a guitar, double bass and violin, this band will do much more than you would expect with what they’ve got.
Be sure to see one of their sets at this year’s festival.
Aspire Big Band is a 17-piece big band, dedicated to hot swing and a lot more besides. A regular at festivals, parties and dances, Aspire plays a toe-tapping mix of everything from the swing classics to Latin, funk and pop rock. Interspersed with vocal numbers led by their own Sinatra and fabulous songstress, Aspire’s guaranteed to get faces smiling and hips shimmying.
It has been nearly 13 years since the Wellington Community Choir set itself up (in June 2005) as a place where anyone could come along and learn how to sing together in a joyful and friendly manner. People from all walks of life have been part of the choir; some who have never been in a musical group before, others who had been silent since childhood, now discovering themselves as members of a singing community. We are a group that performs music from the world’s cultures and we celebrate participation via the simple pleasures of human and musical interaction and we are proud to assert that the only joining criteria is to be able to come along and sing – if you can get through the door, you are in the choir!
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JessB is stamping her mark as the new Queen of Rap and Hip-Hop in New Zealand. She is a high energy artist that takes influence from only the greatest female MC’s in Hip-Hop, including Missy Elliot, Eve and Lil Kim. With her debut EP in the works (featuring production by legendary NZ producer P-Money) JessB is currently laying the foundations for her music industry takeover.
In the five years following his last solo album Moon People, Nickodemus has continued to spread his global sound through endless DJ tours, recording in studios, and scouting new music for his acclaimed Wonderwheel label. He’s made some new friends along the way too, with his constant journeying helping culminate in the new full-length A Long Engagement, a sonic portrait of 25 years of connecting people through music.
Nickodemus has been active touring the entire globe since the mid 90s; as a producer he’s released three albums, remixes for everyone from Bob Marley to Thievery Corporation, and 10 Turntables on the Hudson compilations that have established him as a seasoned musical traveler who excels most when playing in diverse settings that thrive on vibrant sounds. His new work is the latest chapter of his musical vision, offering global rhythms rooted in deep, introspective electronic moods built for the dancefloor.
Through big bass, swing, electro, reggae, hip hop, ska and a dabbling of punk, AlleyKat loves to mix up the genres. Making mix tapes since the 80’s, AlleyKat brings an eclectic vibe. Touring NZ bands to Australia, running record label AlleyKat Records & dropping samples with the band Melatonin in Melbourne, set Al’s course in the Music Industry. One of the key organisers and Producer of Sundaise Music Festival and running Sunsonics, his own solar powered sound system.
Tune in here: https://www.mixcloud.com/al-sorley/
Originally from Brittany in France, DJ Fuzz moved to Aotearoa in 2003 where he started radio shows on the Most FM in Taranaki. Regional host and DJ « The General » aka « Big Daddy » took him under his wing and the party started: dances, DJ sets, record diging, gig promotion… Fuzzy carried on with his passion for music overseas and in France where he moved back two years ago.
He’s been a regular on the Lucky Star stage since 2014 when the 24 hours funky gyster party area started at Splore for the first time!
His selections are based on Soul, Funk, Rare Grooves and Reggae but he is coming to Splore this time with a large amount of Afro, Latin, Caraibean shakers and other curiosities. Mixing with other styles such as Hip-Hop, Cumbia, Dancehall and Disco-Boogie, DJ Fuzz likes it funky, tropical and full of bass!
It is said, in certain circles, that the Dastardly Bounder is a cad and a scallywag. This is true. The Dastardly Bounder ignores the fundamental mores of propriety.
When he takes over a sound system the Dastardly Bounder plays a fantastical funktronic sound, brimming with ear twisters and gob-smacking grooves. The music he chooses for his DJ sets feature hints of house, dabs of disco, and touches of techno. Actually we have no idea how to describe what he plays… We just know we like it.
Wellington Citadel Band is one of New Zealand’s leading Salvation Army Bands and has been in existence continuously since 1883. The Band plays at all Salvation Army services in its Vivian Street centre and is active in the community, playing at Christmas across various city locations, on Sundays at hospitals, rest homes and markets, and several times each year in concert in Wellington and other large centres across New Zealand and aborad. The Band’s repertoire encompasses marches, hymns, swing/rock arrangements, classical numbers, popular tunes, and instrumental features.
Ursula Le Sin spend their time traversing the sparkly corners of our universe. In an attempt to quiet the mind and feel from the heart, they seek to create dance music that is spooky, soaring and adorable. Incorporating electro rhythms, acid groove baselines and reverberated bells, they inhabit the intersection of space shuttle lounge and meteorite shower techno.
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The Superheaters are a Wellington based outfit featuring the much celebrated songwriter Wayne Mason (of Fourmyula and Warratahs Fame) who, in collaboration with an equally accomplished band bring a distinctly personal and unaffected take on the American roots idiom by mixing blues, early rock’n’roll, country and New Orleans into a musical melting pot.
The Extravaganza Fair is a unique, eclectic collection of funky traveling souls and their fascinating rolling ‘Tiny Homes’ that travel the highways and byways of our awesome Aotearoa. We are a family affair with handcrafted goods, cool stuff for kids, food, games, rides, loads of fabulous shopping and so much more! There will be outrageous shenanigans, marvellous family shows, live music and entertainment at our very own Extravaganza Stage, sponsored by Havana Coffee Works. Check us out at the top of Cuba on Abel Smith Street. Throughout the weekend.
Stellarize originated from female Folk/pop singer songwriter, Dee, originally from Canada. Dee has been working on a new album in Wellington for the last year and a half and has now formed her live band which consist of singer songwriters Tessa Dillon and Scott Roy. Stellarize has a folk pop twist with a country twang and an oldies vibe. This band is full of harmonies, groovy guitars and catchy hooks that will have you singing along. Stellarize came second place in the International singer/songwriter contest of 2017 for her new single “Defend Ya” which you can find on Spotify.
Hot stinky funk, greasy blues and a homage to the fromage featuring the vocals and fender bass of Geoffrey Hern. Porn ‘bone (like porn sax but with more slidey bits) from Damian Forlong, Presbyterian sax from Chris Peirce (porn sax with religious overtones) and the stinging strat of Deane Hunter. Be prepared to be slapped then tickled as we give you the ultimate in aural pleasure.
Obadiah is a local 6 piece acoustic band that plays mainly original compositions by Jeff Simmonds. Jeff is the lead vocalist and guitarist, Pauline plays the piano accordion, Karl and Bruce do drums, Chris does mandolin, Ben on bass and Alistair is the violinist. Jeff’s style is folk/ contemporary and he is particularly good at songs of unrequited love.
Having just released his debut album ‘PRE HEAT’, singer/songwriter Andre Smith aka Heavy Chest, is joined by Sam Morgan on Bass and Josh Brown on Drums bringing the album to life. Expect heartfelt lyrics and a powerful dream-like live sound.
Ever wanted to have a go at conducting an orchestra? We’re putting the NZSM orchestra in the middle of Cuba Street and are giving members of the public and passers-by the opportunity to step up to the podium and have a go at conducting an orchestra. Pick up the baton and give it a whirl, watch the orchestra follow your every move – fast or slow, loud or soft – you’re in charge!
New Zealand’s Orchestra of Spheres have developed an international cult-like following, playing opera houses, house parties, dance parties, DIY shows and festivals around the world. They have built a reputation for musically and visually ecstatic live shows.
“Part Sun Ra otherworldliness, part Sublime Frequencies and part ESG … Orchestra of Spheres blew us away… I’ve seen them several times since that first gig and the magic only intensifies each time.” – Dan Snaith – Caribou
“Orchestra of Spheres must be the most out-of-this-world band in music today…sounds like they come from another planet, where nonstop dance and remarkable melodies are the norm” – Awesome Tapes from Africa
Capital City band Wellington Heads perform at CubaDupa playing their blend of original jump blues and 40s/50’s rhythm & blues styles; including Hawaiian sounds, Caribbean beats, and funky New Orleans grooves. They’ll be featuring songs from their 2016 album ‘Southern Night Sky’ as well as numbers from their extensive back catalogue.
Zero Cool is the latest project from Scott Maynard, Matt Maynard and Symon Palmer. Delivering delicately stripped back alt/indie/grunge, Zero Cool completed a tour of NZ’s largest cities following the release of their debut self titled album in 2017.
Guitarist Jackson Brown and drummer Theo Sakofsky are the Toxic Popsicles. The Wellington-based duo competed in the 2017 Intermediate School Battle of the Bands, winning the prize for best guitarist. Having recorded their first single late last year, they recently participated in the Apollo Music Summer Rock Camp, writing and recording three original songs. In their free time they enjoy jamming and busking on the streets of Wellington.
Two Bluesy Blondes are the amazing and talented Erna Ferry & Julie Lamb. What a duo! “Two acclaimed vocalists brought together for high-energy blues” says Stephen Fisher of their last gig. “The idea of bringing together both Palmerston North’s supreme jazz vocalist Erna Ferry and Wellington’s much-acclaimed singer-songwriter Julie Lamb for a night of passionate blues was indeed inspired, allowing these two vocalists to fully relax into their programme of covers of blues classics, creating an unforgettable night.”
Wellington’s favourite Surf Rock saviours, The Vincent Vega Trio, augment their ranks with some hard-hitting musicians for a night of Tarantino soundtracks from the likes of cult classics: Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs & Kill Bill. Expect a night of Surf-Rock, Soul, Rock’n’Roll and Funk played with great vengeance and furious anger by an 8-piece band of BMF’s.
The Madillionaires; Jude Madill, Jenny Kilpatrick and Tony Ricketts, combine dynamic and diverse folk styles with strong vocal harmonies. They perform original songs as well as a wide range of music from elsewhere, entertaining you with songs of heroism and hardship, murder and survival.
Disclosure statement: there may be traces of country, alt-country, British trad in this music.
An unstoppable and infectious force of nature, The Cuban Brothers’ unrivalled funk and soul review blends sexy, soulful music with jaw-dropping b-boy action and riotous comedy.
Despite much inappropriate touching, the band’s delirious rhythms, lightning wit, and gentle ribbing of world famous artists has seen them personally chosen to play by Elton John, Robbie Williams and Richard Branson.
Returning to Aotearoa, after tearing up Splore and San Fran back in 2016, with an extended visit to our shores for a full six date headline tour.
Reimagined classics from Mavis Staples, Aaron Neville, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe to name just a few. A wonderfully accessible-stripped down style designed to ‘take you there’. Delay that trip to new Orleans and slide on down to the Gospel Project at CubaDupa. Sublime harmonies to the pulse of the mighty Mississippi. Come and get your roots from it’s source!
Tali is internationally renown as one of the most prolific Female MC/Vocalists to emerge from the Electronic Dance music scene – particularly for her work and groundbreaking achievements within Drum’n’Bass. Classically trained in both piano and singing, Tali is inspired by Jazz, Soul, Blues, Show tunes and Rap music, creating a unique concoction of material influencing her songwriting and production.
Hailing from London, Chiccoreli has played at festivals throughout NZ including Rhythm and Vines, Shipwrecked, Northern Bass and Splore. He has opened for many internationals such as Roni Size, Goldie, Spectrasoul, Lenzman, and Logistics just to name a few.
Five of Wellington’s finest join forces to pay homage to the history of jungle music and classic Drum’n’Bass in a live setting made for the dancefloor. Amen breaks, bass, and atmospherics – think early Photek, Roni Size and Bad Company. Featuring Darren Mathiassen(Shapeshifter), Ed Zuccollo(Trinity Roots), Johnny Lawrence(Electric Wire Hustle), Joe Callwood(Little Bushman) and Katie McCarthy-Burke.
Stretchfoot’s first gig was held as part of the 2017 Wellington Jazz Festival, followed up with two sets at Laundry Bar, tearing up the local club into the small hours – both packed, hot and electric with vibe, Stretchfoot is definitely one to experience!
Are you experienced? Get a little of New Zealand trombonist Rodger Fox & The Funkbone Experience in this jazz funk blues-drenched band and you won’t have to wonder. Fronted by Rodger Fox – trombonist – arranger – band leader and bona fide musical legend, The FunkBone Experience wields smoky licks/classic funk/down-home blues and remakes of classic jazz standards with a repertoire reading likes the who’s who of the funk jazz area. Featuring from San Francisco – Dewayne Pate ( Robben Ford, Arturo Sandoval and Tower of Power), the blues/soul voice of Erna Ferry and Wellingtons finest Lance Philip – Drums and Nick Granville – Guitar
Rei’s live set is diverse; performing originals and remixes, triggering live samples and mixing in live percussion for a vibrant and upbeat set. With a huge catalogue of his own music up his sleeve, Rei never fails to deliver his CHIEF Sound vibes. Rei has won Best Urban Album at the Waiata Māori Music Awards in both 2015 and 2017, as well as receiving the award for Best Music Video in 2016.
Mr Murphy’s exuberant and inspired delivery will rock your world! From old-school Delta blues classics to jump-jive and wailing, down home testifying jive and swing performances, this is as good as it gets in New Zealand. Vocals and guitar duties are shared between Dougal and Dave, with a choice rhythm section of Mr “steady as a rock” Fuimaono and Mr “four on the floor” Watkins. The Red Dog Saloon Band will give you a taste of the country blues at it’s dancing, swinging, rocking best!
Marian Carter, Cindy Muggeridge, Anje Glindemann and Kate Marshall! Expect this combination of talented women to dish up a variety of music and styles from great divas like Bessie Smith and Nina Simone, to their own original songs. The mood will range from sensitive to burlesque, with a bit of storytelling and hilarity on the side.
Moody V and the Menstrual Cycle is a trio collaboration between Madison van Staden (madison.v), Christopher Wratt (T.A.B) and Marika Pratley (A Symphony of Sloths). The three artists met while studying sonic art at the New Zealand School of Music to form a unique blend of folk, ambient noise and electronic beats. Having recently released their debut single, Witch X in June, 2017, these three are well seasoned in the Wellington scene.
Funky dance grooves combine with highly charged re-imaginings of work by James Brown, Michael Jackson, Santana, Stevie Wonder and an unhealthy dose of the blues. Nick Granville – guitar; Lance Philip – drums; Leonardo Coghini – organ
One of New Zealand’s most enduring singers, Marg Layton returns to CubaDupa 2018. Drawing from her extensive repertoire of folk, blues and gospel, she is delighted to be accompanied by her fine band of Bill Lake (guitar, vocals), Andrew Clouston (saxophone), Chris Prowse (guitar) and Pat Bleakley (acoustic bass).
Sarah Crowther, aka. Mamadafunk, is a multi genre DJ with a bias towards keeping it funky. From deep tech house, gangster house, indie dance, and new disco… to old school funk, hip hop, funky breaks and ghetto funk she will never fail to keep it phat, funky, fresh and interesting. Bringing a story and some humour to the dance floor, her eclectic selections in tracks carefully and cleverly mixed, provide a dance floor moment for all tastes.
Folky, jazzy comedic funk – with a slice of abstract
Karl Austin is a comedic musician with a passionate talent. The multi-instrumentalist utilizes several different instruments during his performance including piano, guitar, fife, trombone, trumpet, and the tin whistle. Performing arrangements inspired by some of the greatest songs ranging from the 50’s through to the 2000’s as well as original music covering love songs, zombie hordes and poignant social and political issues.
In an Ed Zuccollo solo show, you’ll be taken on a dynamic journey from energetic synth beats to lush ambient soundscapes, to thick funky grooves, and even the odd rap – in which you may be asked for assistance. Ed has a relaxed and charming demeanour, interspersing entertaining chat throughout the set, while his skill on the 70s Minimoog synthesizer always impresses crowds. He uses a sampler to bring you the music he has crafted in his studio, a variety of vintage keyboards, and a talkbox.
Rolling with some monster bootleg swagger, a dollop of quirky horns and a dash of lurching swing, Earl Grain weaves together a drooling mixture of styles, genres and tempos, bringing you the bass from the Bayou…
Conjuring modern DJ voodoo with vintage midi trickery he broadcasts Gyp-hop, Swamp-bass ‘n’ Breaks with a tropical flavour, some Eastern charm and a sub bass rattle.
Responsible for underground phenomenon The Swamp Shack Sound System and running all things musical in the now infamous Wellington Juke Joint known as Laundry, Earl has one foot in the mangroves and the other in the dancehall…
Eamonn has had the pleasure of playing along side some of the worlds greats, such as Paul Oakenfold, John Dig Weed, Josh Wink, Pete Heller, Fergie and Lisa Lashes just to name a few. With a career spanning the last 20 years, he has played venues stretching around the world from the Full Moon parties in Thailand, the sun drenched white Isle known as Ibiza, Tokyo, Los Angeles, South Africa, Ministry Of Sound (London), The Gathering (New Zealand) and is also the only Dj to be invited to play at a royal wedding in the gardens of Kensington palace.
DJ B-Lo has spent the last 20 years playing at Wellington’s best bars and clubs. Whether it be supporting touring international acts, playing several residencies throughout the city, or running the much loved Strange Behaviour parties; he’s a DJ who understands the vibe, and prides himself on crafting fun and eclectic sets.
The Del Thomas Band is delighted to be part of Capital Blues lineup for CubaDupa 2018. They’ll be showcasing songs from Del’s most recent album, Changes Coming, along with a smattering of tunes from his first two albums and a couple of blues classics, which they do so well.
Bill Hickman is known for his strong gravel dragged voice and country inflected acoustic guitar. Having appeared on stage in numerous bands, as well as a solo artist in NZ and further abroad; Bill brings virtuous charisma, a shot of acoustic roots, guts, gravel and smoke to CubaDupa 2018.
Be prepared to be transported to another realm, like being bundled up in a feather cloak of sound. Ariana and Alistair first performed together ten years ago at Pao Pao Pao in the Wellington Town Hall. Since Ariana moved here in 2011, they have been blending Ariana’s ethereal voice with taonga puoro improvisations. Last year they performed together in various ensembles including alongside the New Zealand String Quartet, Stroma, Auaha, and a new group Oro (Horomona Horo and James Webster) at the Apra Silver Scroll Awards, where they performed an innovative cover of Alien Weaponry’s Maioha Award winning song ‘Raupatu’.
April Fish takes many forms but at its core is composer/pianist/vocalist Katie Morton. Their music tends to be thematically dark, with rich harmonies weaving through shifting moods and time signatures over a piano accompaniment.
April Fish has toured NZ, Australia, the US, and London, with performances ranging from Katie solo to a 12 piece choir. The Cubadupa 2018 performance will feature Brigid Boyle, Hans Landon-Lane, and Cassandra Tse on vocals.
Fat, funky, deliciously groovy and diverse dance beats
Amanda has been djing since 1991, from the beaches on Goa to festivals in Germany, from Burning Man to private parties in castles. Passionate about creating magic on the dance floor, Amanda will get the CubaDupa crowds dancing with a smile on their face and a bounce in their step.
Adrift in the sonic cosmos, somewhere between the constellations of hip hop, electronica and experimental rock exists Alphabethead; a tea-drinking, turntable musician from New Zealand. Alphabethead approaches the turntable as an instrument to make music, rather than simply a device to play it. For over 10 years, using the techniques of scratching he has breathed life into the skeletons of redundant vinyl. He has been described as “a virtuoso of the phonograph turntable” and “an outrageous performer whom you really must see to fully comprehend”.
The She Jays pay homage to their dead musical lovers: Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Josh Lennon and Jim Morrison to name a few. Enjoy the familiar sound of songs that have to had touched you in some way or another over the span of their legendary careers and beyond.
It’s the most vibrant weekend on Cuba Street, so dress up as your favourite Dead Lover and celebrate their lives and their music, with the she jays at the helm.
This musical delicatessen is brought to you by Zarambe, a 6-piece Wellington born band which plays Afro-Latin style music with an emphasis on Peruvian “festejos” and “lando”.
Hypnotizing sounds, rhythmical rattles and a surprisingly well coordinated slamming produced by the traditional Latin instruments, accompanied by a range of the more widely known classical instruments, all mixed together and slightly electrified with the help of loop pedal. This is a musical dish that should not be missed by the music connoisseurs.
Join us at Garage Project’s Wild Workshop stage. Saturday only! Working together with Caroline and Meow, GP have brought together a stellar line up of local acts to keep your ears happy. You can expect a feast for the eyes, the ears and the mouth with Mr Go’s on snacks, All Good Organics on sodas and Garage Project beers on tap from our very own beer ‘garden’ in the Marion St Wild Workshop’s carpark.
The vibrant art of flamenco dance, song and guitar has attracted fans from around the world.
But how do local people in countries far from Spain, ever get the chance to actually perform with real Spanish flamenco artists?
Spanish Dancer Isabel Rivera offers that opportunity wherever she performs, combining local and Spanish artists in concert.
Finding value and support in local talent, Rivera thrives on the opportunity to explore fresh artistic possibilities, while providing a genuine Spanish experience for all involved.
The Wellington School of Music’s Big Band, directed by Rodger Fox is comprised of the top jazz musicians in Wellington under the age of 25. Expect big noise and big movement, with an exciting swing component to this exciting performance.
The Unusual Suspects are a 24 piece street band; 6 drummers, 5 saxes, 3 trumpets, a clarinet, 2 trombones, a sousaphone, an ipad, an electric bass, a cittern and a rezouki.
Their repertoire begins with Balkan Roma Brass style pieces, exploring dance grooves in varied time signatures, then moving into their high energy originals; the Unusual Suspects are sure to get any crowd moving.
Originally hailing from the South Island, Tyson Smith has been based in Wellington for the last decade after various musical meanderings overseas.
He has worked as a guitarist with acts ranging from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to vocalist Hollie Smith.
His raw and exciting original music combines elements of rock, blues, folk, world music and freeform improvisation.
They’re The Invisible Bisexuals! You probably haven’t seen them. With uke and violin in hand, these lounge lizards play good old-fashioned parlour tunes (like your nana likes), dripping with filthy innuendo (like your nana likes).
Taste the hot and spicy rhythms of Africa with, The Afro Beat Band, led by a leading NZ based African performance artist Sam Manzanza.
Sam Manzanza has performed his infectious brand of authentic African music to audiences all over the globe. His knowledge of traditional rhythms is honed by years spent with the national ballet of Zaire ( DR Congo ) under Ray Lema.
Sam is the man who popularised traditional and modern Africa music in New Zealand.
This performance is designed to get you moving, feeling the love and magic of the tribal beats; a spectacular showcase of culture, positive vibes and high energy.
Like the region’s famous westerly wind, the powerful Brazilian rhythms of Palmerston North-based percussion group Samba ao Vento will knock you off your feet. The group, whose name translates as ‘Samba on the Wind’, might be the new kid on the block, a bit like being in a category 5 storm, once they get going, you won’t be able to stand still.
Featuring music from her upcoming debut album, Megan McCarthy shares her song crafting with a “tell it how it is” style, delivered with sass and flair. Complete arrangements accompanied by a full band, this performance combo will grab your attention and leave you craving more.
Le Dance join forces with the Wellington City Concert Band and choreographer Sacha Copland, to bring you an explosion of live music and dance. Hoedowns, body percussion, partnering and pure joy will lead you from the intersection of Ghuznee and Cuba through the secrets of Eva Street and beyond. It’s time for toes to tap, shoulders to shimmy and hips to swing.
Vanessa Stacey and The Shuffle, bring together the forces of some of Wellington’s hardest hitters for an assortment of original tunes, as well as some old/new-school soul, funk and hip hop. With Johnny Lawrence (Electric Wire Hustle) thumbing the bass, Jules Blewman (TOI) on sizzling jazz/funk guitar, James Illingworth (ills Keys) killing the keys, Rick Cranson (Little Bushman) all over the skins, alongside Vanessa Stacey’s soulful vocal stylings, and special guest Chris Ck, we are in for a special show.
Wax Chattels make ferocious post-punk, using an organ, a bass and a two piece drum kit creating ‘guitar-less guitar music’. With their own brand of complex rhythms, tensions and release, drawing on influences such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, A Place to Bury Strangers and Swans, Wax Chattels is live, powerful and raw.
Wellington Batucada bring the flamboyant world of Brazilian Samba music to Wellington.
Originally formed in 2001 for the Cuba Street Carnival, today they are still crowd favourites with their authentic, infectious, high-energy Samba rhythms.
We dare you to not tap your feet or start dancing when they begin to play.
Channeling the thunder and furore of Jack White & Led Zeppelin, Sea Mouse is the reincarnation of the primitive, visceral electric blues that you’ve been missing out on.
Ready to daze, confuse, and summon your inner animal, Sea Mouse is waiting for you..at CubaDupa 2018.
Tauranga Samba are a Brazilian street percussion band from all walks of life, brought together by a combined love of big drum sounds and extravagant costumes. With an impressive 30 members and 10 years under their belt, they’re proof that their is a musical beat in everyone just waiting to be released.
Psychedelic soul-clap grooves dipped in funk batter, rolled in jazz crumbs and deep fried on raw naked flames. Tāwhiri Funk are an exciting band on the wellington scene, with a unique sound drawing influence from hip hop, turntablism and electronic music, right through to jazz, funk and soul.
Australian festival favourites & 2016/17 Golden Guitar finalists The Hillbilly Goats, play CubaDupa 2018. Stripping back the layers of modern music and transport you on a journey back through the centuries to roots and old time blues, these guys aren’t just a band; they’re a show featuring stories and song, combined with tap dancing, bones, big harmonies and regular instrument changes. Come along and be prepared to “Kick yer shoes off, put yer hoe down and hang on to yer britches!!!”
Ray wondered how long? Ray wandered in song. Ray skipped to the beat, and made friends in the street. Ray passed the time, for she could tell by the rhyme, each day by the way, is one less til the Three Rays play.
Electronic synth stomp blues featuring: Dayle Jellyman, Tyson Smith and Darren Mathiassen.
Sambatron have made a name for themselves with their lively energetic performance and an abundance of creativity. Honing their trade by doing what they love, Sambatron bring the passion and vibrancy of Brazilian-style street samba percussion to Kiwi audiences.
From the French Quarter of New Orleans to the streets of Wellington, the soul of New Orleans music is infectious.
The Rebels have a sound that blends RnB, soul, hip-hop, jazz and funk with the heart and soul of New Orleans. Trumpets, trombones, saxes, sousaphone, percussion join forces to bring the ultimate Mardi Gras party. Originals, funked-up pop, and hip-hop, the Rebels’ sound embodies the musical melting pot of Louisiana.
The Revolutionary Arts Ensemble is a music/art project, setting itself unusual tasks and presenting the weird results to whomever has the ears and eyes to digest the ensuing brew. Imagine a strange parallel universe where Brötzmann’s latest release was in the top 40; and 1966 Coltrane was played on Radio Hauraki’s No Repeat Fridays, well, the Ensemble could be a weird version of Brooker T and the MG’s in that noisy universe.
Niko Ne Zna is a world class, world-music extravaganza. A staple of the New Zealand festival circuit and frequently selling out shows at home and more recently in Australia, Niko Ne Zna bring a hot and spicy taste of the old countries, to the Capital of New Zealand. Playing captivating original music as well as classic songs from the gypsy-soaked Balkan States, Niko Ne Zna’s hypnotic melodies and wild, infectious rhythms will set even the most rhythmically-challenged moving and grooving!
Roll up, roll up. Come and be a part of the Nelson Sambassadors’ world of circus. Astounding drumming beats from the traditional Samba to modern-funk, all mixed up with a circus flavour. Get ready to boogie on down with our amazing dancing troupe at CubaDupa 2018, though you better watch out – you may want to run away with us and join the circus.
Mehana is a 6-piece Balkan Ethno-Blues Folk band, injecting new life into old songs with their own interpretation and style.
The power of Mehana’s music is in the raw and down-to-earth energy of their songs and the emotion the band members bring to every performance. Their songs are about life and love – music as relevant today as it was hundreds of years ago.
A world first “across the Ditch” cross-cultural musical collaboration, with ‘Niko Ne Zna’ and ‘Kanister’ from New Zealand, and ’The Unusual Suspects’ from Australia. The music is based on the brass-street-band music of The Romani people living in Macedonia, typically played for Weddings and other celebrations and parties. This performance has been written and arranged by Linsey Pollak who, while studying Macedonian bagpipes in Macedonia, fell in love with this style from the local people. The music is wild and exciting, so don’t miss out!
Killing Bear are a Wellington local, four piece, psychedelic pop-rock ensemble. Their music has been described as “Riding on a Psychedelic wave of stars” and as having “conscious-expanding, mind bending lyrics and sounds” by music.net.nz. Armed with nothing but drums, synths and amplified guitars, be sure not to miss Killing Bear as a live band for an electrifying waterfall of cascading crescendos, packed neatly inside of pop-rock music.
The fire ignites from within, as Koffie Fugah and Kadodo Drum and Dance take you on a journey into traditional West African rhythms.
From the Volta region of Ghana, Koffie has brought Africa to New Zealand.
This is your chance to feel, to dance, to be free and unified with all and everything around you. One heartbeat, together in time.
The journey is about to begin, so join us for these enthusiastic and gut-grabbing rhythms!
Hipstamatics are a dynamic 10 piece band from Auckland, New Zealand. With a distinct flavour, the band’s style and musicality draws on classic 70’s and modern funk fusion. The stellar line-up of talented musicians and vocalists play soul powered arrangements of iconic songs, as well producing original music. The band have earned a reputation for their energetic live performances which are known to get everyone on their feet and feeling funky.
Merchants of bliss, Glass Vaults perform glistening, off the wall pop. A joyous mix of tropical synths, kooky bass lines, and infectious hooks. Known for their transcendental live performances the band pushes deep into the realm of dreamy psychedelia.
Battle-Ska Galactica always bring the party when they play, but as a special treat for CubaDupa they will be expanding the lineup to bring you the Intergalactic Ska Orchestra version – a 12-piece band, with a total of 7 horns augmenting sound and stage appeal of this high-power Ska Extravaganza.More Skank! More Horns! More Fiyah!
For the first time ever on the CubaDupa stage, Spandex Love Nest featuring AKSamba fuse your nostalgic love of the ’80s with the renowned drumming energy and rhythms of Brazil. You’ve never seen or heard anything like it before.
Don’t leave it until the final countdown: mark it in your calendar and channel your ’80s inner child. We’ll see you there with your biggest hair, your MJ tees and acid wash jeans.
It’s 1969. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are about to be the first people to set foot on the moon – or are they? What if these Apollo astronauts discovered a group of stranded characters from a Jules Verne novel had arrived before them? With music by Anthony Ritchie, words by Stuart Hoar, and performers from NZ Opera and Capital! Steampunk, this street opera will transport audiences to an encounter that is truly out of this world!
Aker, the devil of the witches’ coven is wandering the streets. He and his retinue of percussionists travel through villages and towns. The rhythm of drums and fireworks bounce off the walls. Multi-coloured sparks, combined with loud and perfectly synchronised instruments make for an awe inspiring show. The percussions answer to the fire, such pagan rituals came from ancient times. The drums vibrate, streets are illuminated and the devil passes. This show combines the virtuous finesse of music, pyrotechnics and special effects, all while performing throughout an urban route.
The Free Agents Brass band is a New Orleans based brass band, that started in Atlanta Georgia in 2005. It was formed by Ellis Joseph, and at the time was comprised of displaced musicians due to Hurricane Katrina, hint the term ” Free Agents.” The musicians then, were all members of other bands, however due to the hurricane they were jobless. They began playing around the Atlanta area to ease the pain of losing everything, and to express their love and heartbreak of not being in New Orleans.
Their blend of old school R&B, hip hop, gospel, reggae, afro beat and traditional New Orleans music is what has carried the band thus far. Weekend and week-out the band can be found playing around New Orleans whether it be a wedding, a funeral or second lines.
Drawing influence from sideshow,music hall and vaudeville this exciting duo will charm and entertain you with their percussive dance, one man band, dueling banjos and twirling brooms as they take you back to an era where live entertainment was king.
RAW COLLECTIVE have an epic line up of some new musicians and fresh sounds for the summer! Taking inspiration from many genres and influences, distilling it into an honest, original, raucous energy that speaks to all generations. Raw Co sings to the soul, causes the head to nod and encourages the feet to move in a rhythmic fashion, establishing themselves as a crowd favourite wherever they go.
Lemon Bucket Orkestra is a guerilla-punk-balkan-folk-brass band like no other. Tracing their genesis back to the streets of Toronto, the original quartet of busking troubadours quickly amassed a battalion of like-minded musical souls; Lemon Bucket Orkestra.
With equal parts of exhilarating precision and reckless abandon, LBO’s live shows are a truly immersive experience that range from the ecstatic to the cathartic. Each song is spiked with a unique blend of punk, funk, psychedelia and swing that give the group it’s one of a kind sound.
As at home in a back-alley speakeasy, as in an ornate concert hall, the Lemon Bucket Orkestra have stormed the international scene with their irresistible brass band mayhem.
Playing the sounds of Ethiopiques Jazz. Wellington’s finest playing some of the golden tunes of the great Ethiopiques era.
Inspired by the Ethiopian music legend, Mulatu Astatke and Afro-mystical grooves. The Khufu Ship was sealed at the foot of the Great Pyramid of Giza around 2500 BC; upon hallucination, it sails again carrying treasures woven in etheric silken sound tapestries.
Khufus Ethiopiques features renouned jazz maestro Lucien Johnson on sax and keys, Justin Firefly Clarke on guitar and wah, Michael Costeloe on trumpet, Myele Manzanza on drumkit, Ben Lemi Wood on various instruments and Ghanaian percussion master, Ato, on added rhythms.