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Cuba Street Carnival: A public after-party

Cuba Street Carnival: A public after-party of epic proportion is planned

Wellington. Jan 22th 2007. Subnine Events -

Over 1000 people are expected to descend on the Edward Street precinct to party the night away after the Cuba Street Carnival Parade on Saturday 24th Feb. Four venues in the funky Edward St Precinct will join forces to stir up an unprecedented night of colourful, high energy and all-night monster party melt-down in the best traditions of Carnival in Brazil and around the world.

There will be something for everyone, with each venue hosting a different musical style including 'Brazilian Carnival ' (Subnine), 'Worldbeat/Balkan Fusions' (Curve Bar), 'Hip Funky Jazz Soul' (Tupelo Bar) and 'Latin Lounge' (Vivo Wine Bar). To get that great variety the event organisers are delighted to have secured the highest calibre carnival acts in the country. Acts confirmed include:

- Batucada Sound Machine (Akld)
- The Beat Squad
- AK Samba (Akld)
- Wellington Batucada
- Carlos Navarete (Mexico)
- Niko Ne Zna
- Onomatopoeia
- DJ Bobby Brazuka (Brazil)
- DJ Topknot
- DJ Azucar
- Mi Tierra Dance Group
- Dance Brasil
- Plus hordes of amped-up Carnival Parade participants
Event Promoter, Greig Wilson says

"There has been a host of smaller Carnival after-party events in the past, but our vision was to pull together the amazing talent of performers and musicians to create one hell of a memorable after-party - all focussed in one area - a bit like its a street in Rio. We really want to transform that area into something great. And even better, no matter if its rain, wind, hail or snow, this event will be immune to the worst that Wellington's weather can throw at us.

With four venues practically side-by-side in the precinct, it's just a step or two between the different zones. The support we have received has been amazing; we have been inundated with interest from many artists keen to be involved .

This is an after-party of a scale never seen before in Wellington, and you can get all of this for only $20 - thats got to be a good deal!"
Only 600 pre-sales will be available from Cosmic Corner and Real Groovy. Door sales from 11pm . Main acts from 1am till 6am

This high energy event brings together the best of Brazilian infused, Latin flavoured, jazzy performances for one hell of an after-party of a kind never seen before in the Capital!
o Date: Saturday Night 24th Feb.
o Time: 11.00pm til 6am
o Place: Edwards St Precinct (entry on the corner of Manners and Victoria Sts)
o Huge thanks to our Sponsors: Shotngo, 91ZM, Cosmic Corner, Phantom Billboards and Carlsberg
o More information visit or contact Greig Wilson (contact info) / Nikkie Rich (contact info)

Supplementary Lineup Notes:

Batucada Sound Machine

This 15 piece powerhouse of brass, percussion and vocals cook up a wickedly high-octane brew of latino groove, brazilian beats, pacifika and raw hiphop. See what's been rocking the house throughout New Zealand this summer , and also shakin' things up at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, UK WOMAD, and the monster summer festivals in Sydney and Byron Bay.

The Beat Squad
An elite crew armed with Weapons of Mass Percussion, bringing beats to set the dance floor on fire! Smooth grooves and explosive breaks, The Beat Squad has everything you want from relaxed Bossa Nova to spicy samba to booty shaking funk.

Wellington Batucada
Find out why its not just earthquakes that make Wellington shake. Get a taste of real Brazilian Carnival - up close and personal. The samba drumming junkies and hot dancers in Wellington Batucada are itching to unleash their sonic boom on you!
AK Samba
Fusing brazilian rhythms & instruments with other influences , AK Samba create a totally funky musical experience. They're awesome enough on their own, but when they get together with Wellington Batucada for a monster carnival mash-up you gonna get blown away....bring it on!

Carlos Navarrete
This charismatic Mexican singer fronts some of the hottest salsa bands in New Zealand. This time it will be just him and his guitar - so chill out with some of his traditional, interpreted and original songs from Mexico and Latin America - what can we say - its really really nice.

Niko Ne Zna
Its a hot and spicy taste of the old countries right here in the capital. Playing music from the gypsy-soaked Balkan States, Niko Ne Zna's hypnotic melodies and wild infectious rhythms will set even the most rhythmically challenged movin' and groovin!

Be prepared to expand you funking horizons. This improvising trio traverses a whole world of musical styles. Whether its dixieland, funk, calypso, klesma or free improv, they perform their original compositions with energy, spontaneity and humour.

DJ Bobby Brazuka
He is the man to see for getting the beats of Brazil in New Zealand. From his regular journies home to Brazil he brings us the best of the old school and the coolest of the new in his awesome DJ sets.

DJ Topknot
Keeping the world beat theme going, he'll be bringing you fresh Caribbean-inspired dance hall and raggae-ton, a good dose of Brasilian Funk as well, and who knows what other treasures.

DJ Azucar
Bringing you funky latin, soul and jazzy grooves from the New York boogaloo barrios, Brazil and beyond. He's one of New Zealand's top latin/funk DJs and he'll bring out all the soul, funk and groove mojo you got!

Mi Tierra Dance
An exotic blend of Brazilian and South American dance all the way from the Amazon to the Andes
Dance Brasil
Takes carnival dancing to a new level, showing us all the moves and grooves from the Carnival hotbed of Salvador to the Sambadrome in Rio
Hordes of amped up Carnival Parade participants
Hey, they speak for themselves....


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