Africa 3.0: The Joy of Afrobeats + Live Performance from K.O.G. PG

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This film was last shown on 11 July 2019

Through documentary we explore the global obsession with the music phenomenon, Afrobeats. From its origins in Lagos through to new manifestations of Afrobeats happening from the US, to Cuba and beyond.

Bakosó: Afrobeats de Cuba

Following DJ Jigüe to his hometown of Santiago de Cuba as he reconnects with his roots in search of inspiration for 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.

This screening will be followed by a live performance from Sheffield based Afrobeats artist K.O.G (Kweku of Ghana).

A musical, percussive story-telling journey through the history of Afrobeat with Afro-futurist K.O.G (K.O.G and the Zongo Brigade, Onipa) using traditional African instruments, vocals and rhythms. K.O.G is an internationally renowned professional musician, artist, songwriter, percussionist and multi-instrumentalist originating from Ghana and based in Sheffield, UK.

The Joy of Afrobeats is screening as part of Africa 3.0, a mini-strand showcasing stories of obsession from the African continent. Also screening as part of this strand is Cairo Station, Youssef Chahine’s pioneering Egyptian film in which a newspaper vendor’s infatuation with a woman turns into madness.

This screening is part of Film Feels: Obsession, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. Explore all films and events at

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Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, Opiyo Okeyo
55 minutes


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