Major Lazer is set to be the first major U.S. musical act to perform in Cuba since diplomatic relations between the two countries were restored last summer. And not only will it be the first show, but it’ll be a free show too!
— diplo (@diplo) January 12, 2016
According to the BBC, “Major Lazer are scheduled to play a free show for tens of thousands of fans at Tribuna José Martí in front of the US Embassy on March 6. They will be sharing the stage with local talent and are going to do talks in schools.” The show is part of a Musicabana Foundation event meant to serve as a sort of cultural exchange between the U.S. and Cuba. And while there have been some American bands to play in Havana when the two countries were not so friendly (notably, Audioslave in 2005), this is the first music festival to be produced by both Americans and Cubans in 30 years, says Your EDM.
Diplo said it best himself: “For as long as I can remember, Cuba has played an influential role on my love of music — Cuba has such a powerful cultural impact all over the world and for me, especially growing up in Florida, it became one of the biggest cultural centers for music to evolve from. I was lucky enough to visit Cuba a few years back with my friends Calle 13 and during my four days there my mind was blown by the people, depth of culture and their way of life. Going back to perform in 2016 and to be a part of the culture once again is a huge blessing and I couldn’t be more honored to bring the Major Lazer project there.”