Major Lazer will become one of the first US acts to play in Cuba following the diplomatic thaw.

The gig on March 6 is a preview for a new festival in the country, Musicabana, set to take place from May 5-8. As part of the festival’s cultural exchange, Major Lazer will meet with Cuban music students and performers during their trip.

The US and Cuba cut ties in 1961 at the height of the Cold War, preventing US citizens from travelling to the Caribbean island. Florida-born Diplo said Cuba had been an influence on his love of music for “as long as I can remember”.

“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,” he said. “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.”

Musicabana will be free to the Cuban public, with special travel packages and VIP tickets for international visitors.

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