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Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba

Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba

What do “Está Rico” by Marc Anthony, Will Smith & Bad Bunny have in common with “Made For Now” by Janet Jackson x Daddy Yankee? They all high-jacked AfroBeats without giving the genre’s origin its props. “Bakosó” follows DJ Jigüe to his hometown of Santiago de Cuba to find inspiration from new sounds. While there, Jigüe finds Afrobeats has helped create a new genre called, Bakosó, which makes beautiful proof that the exchange between Cuba and Africa did not end with the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Through stunning visuals and a score created by the founders of the genre, the film shows the technology, culture, and landscape that shape this African-Caribbean fusion.

Audience Award at the 2019 KA Pan African Film Festival


Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba


Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi

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Spanish with English subtitles

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49 minutes


No Rating


Sun 18 Aug 2019, 6.30pm, Grundlos Kollektiv Screening + Party

Mon 19 Aug 2019, 6.30pm, APA, Room 02

T+T Premiere

About the Director(s):

Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi

Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi

Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi is graduate of UC Berkeley, he received his MA degree from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Eli is an award-winning filmmaker and currently directs FistUp.TV. His work has circulated through the National Broadcast: Free Speech TV, Teaching Channel and PBS. He is the co-founder of the multimedia project “Defend Puerto Rico. ” His dedication to his craft is deeply connected to his commitment to social justice and the belief in the transformative power of film.



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