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
Bring the family earlier in the day for workshops held in in the Urban Garden by REACT where you can create your Junk Instruments, the workshop runs from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.
Make your Carnival Costume at the workshop running from 2pm to 4pm
Make costumes and instruments to participate in the parade.
Capital E will run collaborative workshops 2pm-4pm where children and their families can make futuristic cardboard creations and cardboard creatures/head pieces/masks for the children’s D-I-Y parade
A Percussion workshop 1.30pm – 4.30pm will be lead by Andreas Leper of ex- Balkinistars, Andreas is the Parade leader and will lead the family through the streets dancing and marching to the beat of all the creations.
From gongs to bamboo instruments, local Wellington musicians will perform a fascinating range of Indonesian instruments in a parade to lead you to the Shadow Theatre performance in the Hannah Courtyard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Bay Batucada take a walk into the future with ‘White Noise’; a white-suit clad adventure into a weird, scary and intriguing vision of the future. Who is this intrepid crew of big-sound adventurers? Are they here to save us from the future? Are they our futuristic clean up crew? Are they even from Earth?! Don’t worry folks, everything’s gonna be all-white, as Bay Batucada’s ‘White Noise’ is here to save the day.
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.
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.