Watch Diplo’s Major Lazer play historic concert in Cuba

The electronic group performed in Havana on Sunday (March 6)

Major Lazer have become one of the first US acts to perform in Cuba since the restoration of diplomatic ties between the two countries in July.

The electronic group played a free show for tens of thousands of fans at Tribuna José Martí, in front of the U.S. Embassy in Havana, on Sunday (March 6).

The event was presented by the Musicabana Foundation in association with the people and government of Cuba. As part of the cultural exchange, the trio met with Cuban music students and shared the stage with local DJs.

TO THE PEOPLE AND THE COUNTRY OF CUBA THANK YOU. WE HAVE BEEN HUMBLED BY YOUR LOVE

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400,000 — IN HAVANA!!! THANK YOU —- FOR A WEEKEND WE WILL NEVER FORGET — –:@shanemccauley

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“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,” Diplo said in a press release at the time of the concert’s announcement in January.

He added: “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.”

The concert will be followed by Musicabana, the first international music festival organised in collaboration between American and Cuban partners for more than 30 years, in Havana on May 5-8.

Major Lazer were recently announced as headliners at this year’s Parklife festival in Manchester.