Major Lazer stages free concert in Havana, ahead of arrival of Obama and The Rolling Stones

Posted: 08-Mar-16 12:11

The Rolling Stones have announced that they will headline a gig in Cuba in March, but one U.S music group have started the festivities early after performing at a free concert for thousands of Cubans. Major Lazer performed in front of crowds outside the U.S Embassy in Havana on Sunday 6th March, alongside up-and-coming- Cuban DJs.

Major Lazer stages free concert in Havana, ahead of arrival of Obama and The Rolling Stones

After the Rolling Stones announced that they would headline a concert in Cuba later this month, another U.S music group have started the party earlier with a free concert.

The electronic music group Major Lazer performed at a free concert for hundreds of thousands of Cubans in Havana, outside the U.S Embassy on Sunday afternoon.

The U.S group is the first main music act to perform in Cuba since diplomatic ties were resumed between the two countries, and the group performed as part of a cultural exchange and collaborated with new Cuban DJs on the stage.

"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 centres for music to evolve from."

Explained the creator of Major Lazer, Diplo. He continued:

"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."

Diplo has had international success, and his hit "Lean On" is the most-streamed song of all time on Spotify, with more than 616 million plays.

Major Lazer is just the second U.S. music group to play in Cuba since 1962 when the embargo was enforced by the United States. The first band perform on the Caribbean island was Audioslave in May, 2005.

March is a busy month for U.S. - Cuba relations, with one of the most important events being the arrival of U.S president Barack Obama on the 21st March. Obama will be the first president to visit the communist island in nearly 100 years.

The Rolling Stones will perform in Havana on 25th March. The free concert will take place at the Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana and will be the first open-air concert in Cuba performed by a British band.


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