Wellington Batucada Wellington Wellington Batucada is a community based percussion group which brings the flamboyant world of samba from Brazil to Wellington. Originally formed in November 2001 to perform in the Cuba Street Carnival, Wellington Batucada endeavors to replicate the authentic samba sound playing a variety of Brazilian rhythms including samba batucada, partido alto, samba reggae, samba funk, and baion. We have been blessed through visits by several superb Brazilian and non-Brazilian samba teachers who laid the foundations for our music. New rhythms and musical fusions are being explored and developed to reflect the wider cultural influences here in New Zealand, and to create a form of live dance music that's uniquely ours. We are an all inclusive group - anyone can join regardless of experience or ability. We will even provide community owned authentic Brazilian instruments for those who do not have their own. Currently we have 40-45 members regularly coming to our weekly practices. We are in demand to play at many parades, festivals and events.