Over the past year Diplo has changed the game of pop music with his electronic infused radio hits and earned a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic album with his side project Jack Ü alongside Skrillex. With "Lean On" – which now has over a billion views - we saw Major Lazer bridge the gap between countries and show the power of the global music market. The music trailblazer now might just be better off changing his name to Diplomat seeing as he recently ventured to Cuba to help build a newfound relationship with the previously embargoed country.
When we first heard Major Lazer was set to play in Cuba we knew it would be massive, but this turned out to be even more special than we could have imagined. Performing alongside Jillionaire and Walshy Fire as Major Lazer, the trio managed to attract an astounding half a million people to the event that was symbolically held just outside the U.S. Embassy in Havana. Shockingly, due to Cuba's previously strict isolation, most attendees had never even heard Major Lazer's music, but Diplo once again proved music's universal appeal as fans can be seen going absolutely nuts.
Before the historic event, Diplo met with Charlie Rose of CBS News to discuss the cultural and political ramifications of the event, stating, "It's the first time they're getting connected [to the world]." If this wasn't enough we can also expect a new project from Diplo and Skrillex's Jack Ü as soon as April. Diplo candidly confessed, "Before I came down to you, I was sitting on my computer editing some new songs for the Jack Ü project, because we want to put something out around Coachella."
You can watch the interview in full below as well as some footage from the revolutionary event.