Yesterday (6th March) Major Lazer were the focal point for a monumental moment in diplomatic relations as they became the first major U.S. act to play Cuba in over half a century.
The group, who’s latest album Peace Is The Mission spawned ‘Lean On’, Spotify’s most-streamed track of all time, took up residence outside the U.S. Embassy in the Cuban capital, Havana to play the free gig for tens of thousands of fans – the first of hopefully many since diplomatic ties were restored between Washington, D.C., and Havana in July.
When the gig was announced, Major Lazer co-creator 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.”
Yesterday on Instagram he wrote: “This is probably going to be the most important show we have ever done. Electronic music can seem ambiguous to people but here it feels like it’s gonna mean a lot to bring it to these kids because it belongs to them.”
And judging by the size of the crowd it looks like it did!