U.S.-backed music festival headed to Cuba

Diplo Cuba

The United States and Cuba have forged all kinds of new ties over the past year, from re-establishing diplomatic relations to new business deals. Now, a New York-based group is about to export another U.S. specialty to the communist nation: the music festival.

The Musicabana Foundation announced Tuesday that it will host a four-day festival in Havana in May. The event, spread over three different venues in Cuba’s capital city, will bring together musicians from Cuba, Jamaica, Brazil, France, Cape Verde and the United States. That will include Jamaican rapper Sean Paul, Cuban singer Pablo Milanés, Cuban band Los Van Van and other artists.

The group will also host a preview concert in March featuring Major Lazer, an electronic music group that would become the biggest U.S. act to perform on the island since the two countries renewed their relationship.

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