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Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba


September 26
8:00 pm
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Harvard University, Tsai Auditorium
1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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(617) 495-9114


Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, 50 mins, Cuba/USA, 2019

What does “Está Rico” by Marc Anthony, Will Smith & Bad Bunny have in common with “Made For Now” by Janet Jackson x Daddy Yankee? They both high-jacked AfroBeats and did not give the genre’s origin props. Bakosó is a film that does the opposite, following DJ Jigüe to his hometown of Santiago de Cuba to find inspiration from the new sounds. He finds Afrobeats has helped create a new genre called Bakosó, which itself is 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.

Q&A with the director