International superstars Major Lazer – the collaborative project of Diplo, Walshy Fire and Jillionaire – performed Sunday, March 6 to a estimated 400,000 fans at Tribuna José Martí before the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, delivering the most important concerts in the past by becoming the primary major American artists to try out the country since diplomatic ties were restored between U.S. and Cuba.
“This is the most essential show we have ever done. Muchas Gracias Cuba,” said Major Lazer creator Diplo from the show.
As part with the cultural exchange, Diplo and Major Lazer met with Cuban music students and young, up-and-coming local DJs in Havana on Saturday, March 5. Several of these musicians opened the show today.
The concert, accessible to the Cuban public, was presented because of the Musicabana Foundation in association with the folks and government of Cuba.
“For given that I can remember, Cuba has played an important role in this little love of music—Cuba has this kind of powerful cultural impact around the world and for me, especially becoming an adult in Florida, it became one in the biggest cultural centers for music to evolve from,” says Lean On artist creator Diplo.
“I was sufficiently lucky to get visit Cuba many years back with my girlfriends Calle 13 and during my four days there my thoughts was blown because of the people, depth of culture in addition to their way of life. Going back to perform in 2016 as well as be a part in the culture just as before is a huge blessing and I couldn’t be a little more honored to get the Major Lazer project there.”
The show happens the heels of any massive year for Major Lazer as well as the group’s creator, Diplo, who’s nominated for Producer in the Year, Best Dance/Electronic Album for Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü with Skrillex, and Best Dance Recording for “Where Are Ü Now” with Skrillex and Justin Bieber in the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.