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Major Lazer To Become The First US Act To Perform In Cuba

Diplo says the country has had "a powerful cultural impact" on him.

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Major Lazer is set to become the first major US act to perform in Cuba since the restoration of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Thanks to President Obama removing Cuba from the US Terrorist Sponsor list, which banned Americans from traveling to the country, no time has been wasted in setting up a ‘welcome home’ event. As it was just announced The DJ group will play a free show in Havana on March 6, in front of the US Embassy.

In a statement, the band’s Diplo said:

“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.”

Major Lazer is also set to invite Cuban music students on to the stage with them during the show, which takes place at Tribuna José Martí. The concert is scheduled two months before the Musicabana festival, featuring Cuban musicians playing alongside artists from all over the world.

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