Major Lazer to become first US act to perform in Cuba since embargo lifted

Diplo says the country has had 'a powerful cultural impact' on him

Major Lazer are set to become the first major US act to perform in Cuba since the restoration of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

An embargo had previously been placed on Cuba since the Cold War, banning Americans from travelling to the country. However, 2015 saw President Obama remove Cuba from the US ‘Terrorist Sponsor’ list.

Now it has been announced that Major Lazer – the dance group led by Diplo – will play a free concert in Havana on March 6.

“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 centres for music to evolve from,” Diplo said in a statement.

“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.”

Major Lazer and DJ Snake’s single ‘Lean On’ was recently named the most streamed song of all time on Spotify, having been played 526 million times.

‘Lean On’ featured on Major Lazer’s third studio album ‘Peace is the Mission’, which reached 25 on the UK’s Official Albums Chart and Number 12 on the Billboard 200 in the US.