Aya Films

Bakosó: Afrobeats de Cuba

2019 / / / 49m mins

Director: Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi

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 hijacked 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.

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