- Music: Roots, House, Funk, Electro, Drum and Bass, Dancehall
- DJs: Andy Day
- Bands: BrazilBeat Sound System, special guests Maaka Phat, Sheba Williams, Dr. Falconer & more
- Tickets: $10 advance @ eventfinder.co.nz, $15 door ($12 with fancy-dress)
Get ya' fancy-dress sorted...!
This year's 10th Annual Cuba Street Carnival in Wellington brought the capitol to its feet (dancing of course). With stages dotting the cultural centre, live bands, DJs and performers pumped all day and into the night.
At midnight, after the Illuminated Parade had snaked its way through the streets and batucada groups under the regency of samba master Carlos Ferreira had battled it out, the masses were at the Havana Club stage in Courtenay Place to watch BrazilBeat Sound System.
Percussionist/MC Nego Beto worked the crowd into a frenzy with his polyrhythmic handiwork and on the mic. DJ Mara kept the beats coming in an anthemic blast of Brazilian baile-funk basslines, distorted electro stabs and samba breaks. The throng responded with hands in the air as far as the eye could see.
BrazilBeat have not played in Wellington since that night. But Saturday 6th of June, The San Francisco Bath House will resonate with the sweet sound of conga skins tightened to perfection, the rat-a-tat of the repinique and deep bass that hits home in the pit of the stomach.
Mardi-gras masquerade is the way to go, and prizes will be handed out to those sporting the hottest fancy-dress!
Special guests Maaka Phat, Sheba Williams and more.