The Apollo Theater has partnered with ImageNation, an innovative Harlem-based company created to develop audiences for independent film and music that depict the global Black experience. Cocktails & Cinema is a quarterly social featuring premiere and advance screenings of Black world cinema. Each event is preceded by a reception with light hors d’oeuvres, wine/beer, featuring a live DJ set by Bembona and following the screening a film talk back.
The Apollo proudly continues the second installment of this new series with Bakosó: AfroBeats of Cuba, a film that follows DJ Jigüe to his hometown of Santiago de Cuba to find musical inspiration. He finds Afrobeats has helped create a new genre called Bakosó, which is beautiful proof that the exchange between Cuba and Africa did not end with the Transatlantic slave trade. Directed by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, with stunning visuals and a score created by the founders of the Afrobeats genre, the film shows the technology, culture and landscape that shape this African-Caribbean fusion.
Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, Director
Kahlil Jacobs-Fantauzzi, Producer
Mai-Elka Prado Gil, founder of the Afro-Latino Festival of New York
Moikgantsi Kgama, ImageNation