Wellington Batucada (warm up)

  • When: 11th Apr 3:30pm
  • Where: Colombo St Stage
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Colombo St Stage // 3:30 – 4:00pm

Wellington Batucada is an inclusive community-based group which brings the flamboyant world of samba dance and drumming from Brazil to Wellington.

Batucada is a Brazilian word used to describe the syncopated, African-influenced samba music played by a large percussion group (bateria) as part of a street parade or carnival. Wellington Batucada looks to emulate this tradition and brings Brazilian samba music and dance to Kiwi audiences. Originally formed in 2001 (its our 20th this year!), Wellington Batucada endeavours to replicate the authentic samba sound playing a variety of Brazilian rhythms including samba batucada, afoxé, samba reggae, samba funk and many others.

New rhythms and musical fusions are being explored and developed all the time to reflect the wider cultural influences here in New Zealand, and to create a form of live music and dance that’s uniquely ours. Not only all that we’re also based in Newtown and doing the awesome Street Parade at the Newtown Festival is always one of our unmissable annual highlights!