Ludacris is celebrating Independence day in Cuba this year.
No no, not a place for luxury and definitely not a tourist attraction. Ludacris is going to bump his music at the U.S. Navy Base in Guantánamo Bay, also known for housing the notorious detention center. He’s planning to perform for a crowd of 6,000 people who live on the base, home to also 79 war-on-terror detainees.
The Miami Herald reported that the hip-hopper plans to deliver his raps as a free show for the troops, Department of Defense contractors and Navy families who live there as part of an annual “Freedom Festival” at Guantanamo’s Windward Ferry Landing. This is supposedly miles away from the locked-down detention camp of the most dangerous criminals and prisoners in the world, but doesn’t mean that they can’t hear the music. However, the publication attempted to make it clear that the 79 war-on-terror detainees will not be close enough to the concert to hear the strains of “What’s Your Fantasy.” The venue itself will be just a massive parking lot along the bay.
In the past, performances made by artists such as Magic! and Jimmy Eat World have played here and the Plain White T’s just performed on the Landing last October. But this also isn’t the first time Ludacris has performed here before; two times in the past he performed in 2004 and 2010. So it’s been a few minutes since he’s been back. Both were times when he was filming for the Fast & Furious productions.
Navy Chief, Monique Hilley, said “every year we get a special guest around the Fourth of July, but Gitmo hasn’t seen a star with as big a name as Ludacris in several years. The base is really looking forward to it.”
So clearly, this is a big event for the location. Ludacris has not referred to the show lately, but there have been images posted from the set of Fast & Furious 8 to come out in April. The film’s producers said it will be the “first Hollywood studio movie to film on the island post-embargo.”
The extravaganza of the three-time Grammy winner to start with activities for families at 6 p.m., then traditional fireworks show at 9 p.m. and then the rapper at 10 o’clock.
Luda plans for the show to be even bigger and better than ones from the past, just be careful out there man.