CubaDupa 2021

We waited 2 years for this – and it was well worth the wait!

Wellington Batucada drummers and dancers parade at CubaDupa. Photo by Paul Taylor.

What a weekend! Sunday in particular was a very big day for us…

Mass Samba Carnival Bloco

Every year we get together with our sister samba schools from around the country who come down to perform at CubaDupa, and we play a Mass Samba Carnival Bloco together. Over 200 drummers and dancers, doing their thing. Love it.

This footage includes our one and only rehearsal together in the morning, together with the gig later that day.

Drummers and dancers of the mass bloco – CubaDupa 2021. Video by Tom S Etuata.

The parades

This year we did a parade down Cuba Street to our stage show, and a parade from our stage show to the Samba HQ at Whistling Sisters – and then for good measure, a mini-parade from Samba HQ all the way back up Cuba Street again. Awesome!

Wellington Batucada drummers and dancers – CubaDupa parade x3 2021. Video by Tom S Etuata.

Wellington Batucada drummers and dancers – CubaDupa parade x3 2021 – Super-duper hi-res version.
Video by Tom S Etuata.

Stage show

The full video of our 30-minute stage performance on Sunday afternoon.

This gig felt amazing to be a part of – and the mixing desk guy was a complete genius, managing to capture voices and drums with the same mikes – impressive.

We LOVED doing this show – we think it’s one of our best CubaDupa performances ever – and when the sun broke through the clouds and shone down on us all – we got chills. Enjoy!

Wellington Batucada drummers, dancers and band – the full CubaDupa stage show 2021. Video by Tom S Etuata.

Tom has also made a bunch of hi-res versions of the stage show video. The video was so big, he’s split it into five parts – one for each song. Check them out:

Wellington Batucada – CubaDupa stage show 2021. Part 1 – Canto de Xango (Song of Shango). Video by Tom S Etuata.

Wellington Batucada – CubaDupa stage show 2021. Part 2 – Samba de Roda songs. Video by Tom S Etuata.

Wellington Batucada – CubaDupa stage show 2021. Part 3 – Vou festejar. Video by Tom S Etuata.

Wellington Batucada – CubaDupa stage show 2021. Part 4 – Deusa do amor. Video by Tom S Etuata.

Wellington Batucada – CubaDupa stage show 2021. Part 5 – Royals. Video by Tom S Etuata.

Photo montage

Let’s kick off with a photo montage taken by two of our own – Dani Fuenzalida and Nigel Sloley. The soundtrack is from our Mass Samba performance.

Photo montage of Wellington Batucada drummers, dancers and band – CubaDupa 2021.
Photos by Dani Fuenzalida and Nigel Sloley. Montage by Tom S Etuata.

Photo galleries

Mass Samba Bloco

Photos by Brendon Doran, CubaDupa, Dani Fuenzalida and Paul Taylor. Click on any thumbnail to see the larger version:

The parades

Photos by Ana Paula Medeiros, Bokeh Street, CubaDupa, Gerry Keating, Jax D-wan, Kara Nation, Kelly Etuata, Lotographia, Mini Rose and Paul Taylor. Click on any thumbnail to see the larger version:

The stage show

Photos by Bokeh Street, CubaDupa, Gerry Keating and Paul Taylor. Click on any thumbnail to see the larger version:

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