Bakosó reveals the influence of contemporary African music in Cuba as not just a thing of the past, but a phenomenon happening now!

This documentary produced and directed by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, explores the technology, culture and landscape that forms the AfroBeats / Cuban fusion genre “bakosó”. Made in collaboration with DJ Jigüe who created Cuba’s first independent Afro-Cuban music label and arts collective called Guámpara Music, the film follows his journey back to his home of Santiago de Cuba.

He explores 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 allows the audience entry into this vibrant fusion.



Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi

Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi is an award-winning filmmaker and currently the director of FistUp.TV, a production company that documents people’s stories from around the world as a way to expand community awareness around issues of social responsibility and cultural identity

His work has circulated through the National Broadcast: Free Speech TV, Teaching Channel, PBS, and Vibe magazine. He is the cofounder of Defend Puerto Rico, a multimedia project designed to document and celebrate Puerto Rican creativity, resilience, and resistance, and he curates the annual Fist Up Film Festival in the San Francisco Bay Area. His dedication to his craft is deeply connected to his commitment to social justice and belief in the transformative power of film. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and holds an MA degree from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.


Productora: Fist up

Equipo Realización:

  • Productor/a: Kahlil Jacobs Fantauzzi
  • Cast:
    • Ozkaro Delgado
    • Maykel El Padrino
    • El Inka
    • Kiki Pro
    • Isnay 'Dj Jigüe' Rodriguez
  • Música: Dj Jigue Rodríguez