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Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba

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Date:
September 26
Time:
8:00 pm
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Venue

Harvard University, Tsai Auditorium
1730 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Phone:
(617) 495-9114
Website:
http://cgis.fas.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do

DOCUMENTARY

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.