Major Lazer just performed in Cuba on Sunday, the first artist to do so since Audioslave in 2005, and only the second since 1962. The free show was the beginning of what Fusion calls “an action-packed month,” culminating with President Obama’s visit to the island on March 21.
Major Lazer, obviously tied in closely with Caribbean and dancehall influences, drew an absolutely massive crowd to the Musicabana Music Festival – one commenter notes that there are 200,000 people in the crowd; though that number has yet to be verified, it doesn’t look like it could be far off. The front of the stage is packed densely enough, and it reaches so far back, I wouldn’t be surprised if that crowd was at least 100,000. (200,000 does seem a bit of a stretch…)
Major Lazer making history #livefromhabana #peaceisthemission
Posted by Musicabana Music Festival on Sunday, March 6, 2016
“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,” says Diplo. “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.”
Watch an additional video of their performance below!