Major Lazer, the first musical bridge between the USA and Cuba

Major Lazer will be the first US artists to perform in Cuba after last summer’s thawing of the diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The first concert of a US band in Cuba after more than half a century of severed diplomatic relations between the two countries is going to be held on 6 March. Indeed, Major Lazer, whose motto is “Peace is the Mission”, are going to perform in front of the US Embassy in Havana which was reopened after 54 years. The band’s leader is Diplo, one of the most praised and versatile pop and dance producers who, since 2011, has been cooperating with Jillionaire, a Trinidadian singer, and Miami’s MC Walshy Fire.


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US and Cuban flags after the thawing of diplomatic relatiosn, July 2015 © Charles Trainor Jr/Miami Herald/TNS/


Diplo said in a press release:

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 (a Puerto Rican band and the name of a street in Havana) and during my four days there my mind was blown by the people, depth of culture and their way of life.


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Major Lazer waving the “Free The Universe” flag at the festival Coachella, 2013 © Gerry Maceda – Retna Ltd. – Corbis


Major Lazer, fresh from the success of Lean On (more than a billion views on YouTube) and their latest song Be Together, will play an important role in promoting the cultural exchange between Cuba and the United States. This process was started only in theory but, in fact it is slow.


The trio’s show that will include electro music and dancehall to make people dance wildly will be free for the tens of thousands of people who will crowd the Tribuna Anti Imperialista José Martí. As part of the cultural exchange, Major Lazer will meet and invite on the stage Cuban music students and local emerging young DJs.


The historic event will be presented by the Musicabana Foundation before an international festival of music that has been organised by US and Cuban partners and will take place in Havana from 5 to 8 May. An unprecedented cultural bridge between Cuba, the United States and the rest of the world built by the power of music.

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