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Major Lazer, Sean Paul, Ibeyi, Mayra Andrade & More Are Playing Cuba’s Biggest Music Festival

The Musicabana Festival will mark Cuba’s biggest music gathering in over 30 years.

Ibeyi photographed by Oluwaseye.


This May, Havana will be hosting Cuba’s biggest music gathering in over 30 years, the Musicabana Festival—the first festival produced by American and Cuban partners since diplomatic relations were restored last year.

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The impressive Musicabana artist line-up includes performances from Major Lazer, Sean Paul, Ibeyi and Mayra Andrade, who will be joined by Cuban acts Pablo Milanés, Carlos Varela, Los Van Van, Orquesta Aragón, and many more.

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

Major Lazer, the dancehall-inspired crew of Diplo, Walshy Fire and Jillionaire, will be the first major US act to perform in Cuba since diplomatic ties were restored.

“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,” mentions Diplo.

Find out more information about tickets and passes at Musicabana’s website. The festival takes place May 5—May 8.

Image via Musicabana's Facebook.

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