We'll hold our first general public event for this documentary in July, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Details:

Event Name: Cajón is King: the Compelling Rhythms of Afro-Peru

Location: la Peña Cultural Center (3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA., USA)

Date: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Time: 8-10pm

Cost: $15 per person at the door ($12 in advance

Details: This exciting event will feature a film screening and a performance. First we'll screen the 30-minute documentary Masters of Rhythm with addendum (starring Lalo Izquierdo, Cotito & Huevito) followed by a Q&A with the director. After intermission, we will host a live performance of cajón playing by Peta Robles, niece of star Lalo Izquierdo and winner of the national prize (in Peru) for her skill on the cajón. In addition, Gabriela Shiroma and Rosa los Santos of the group "de Rompe y Raja" will perform (cajita, guitar, quijada de burro, etc.) and explain more about Afro-Peruvian percussion instruments.

For more information, or if you belong to an organization that would be interested in hosting a screening, please contact us at; or call (510) 927-8707 (no voice messages, please).


Festival Internacional de Kutuka, Maestros del Ritmo (Masters of Rhythm), Aug. 18, 2017, Cañete, PERU

Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film, Masters of Rhythm, Oct.-Nov. (exact date to be set later), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA


The film first saw the light of day in the Festival International du Film Panafricain de Cannes (France - April 16-20, 2016). From there, it moved on to the Black International Cinema Berlin (Germany - May 13-15, 2016), where it won the award Best Film in the Fine Arts category. Next, it screened in California's Berkeley Video & Film Festival (USA - Oct. 20-Nov. 6, 2016), where it won the award Best Ethnographic Music Documentary.

From there, it moved to Los Angeles where it screened twice in the Pan African Film Festival (USA - Feb. 9-20, 2017). Its next stop was the Oakland International Film Festival in California's San Francisco Bay Area (USA - April 4-8, 2017), then at the end of April it screened in California's San Diego Black Film Festival (USA - April 26-30, 2017) and in Lima, Peru in the Festival Internacional del Cajón (PERU - April 28-30, 2017).


We are also negotiating to put Masters of Rhythm on television, and have signed contracts with several educational distributors including Films for the Humanities & Sciences, and Alexander Street Press. SIGN UP HERE for our newsletter to keep informed.