Major Lazer to be First Major U.S. Act to Play in Cuba Since Diplomatic Ties Restored
Wed, 13 Jan 2016 12:11:06
Major Lazer, the holy DJ trinity made up of Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire, will be the first major U.S. act to play in Cuba since diplomatic ties between the island nation and the United States have been restored. The concert will take place on March 6th at Tribuna José Martí. The plaza sits just in front of the U.S. embassy and last hosted an Audioslave concert over a decade ago. The concert will be free of charge and hosted by Havana's Musicabana Foundation.
The concert will occur during the Musicabana festival, and features a variety of acts from Cuba and the rest of the world including Jamaica's Sean Paul, Brazil's Carlinhos Brown, and French-Cuban duo Ibeyi. According to the organization's website, the New York-based Musicabana is a "not-for-profit organization that promotes mutual understanding between the people of Cuba, the United States, and the rest of the world, through year-round musical, artistic and cultural events that emphasize and enrich shared history, traditions and values."
The foundation also puts together workshops for aspiring local musicians and Major Lazer will be meeting with music students and DJs, who will perform with the group on stage. In a statement letting the world know the importance of Cuban music to him, Diplo said, "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."
For more information, check out the Rolling Stone article.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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