Give Me Future, the new documentary film chronicling Major Lazer’s historic concert in downtownHavana, Cuba for 400,000 people, is available today to rent and buy on iTunes following its exclusive debut on Apple Music earlier this month—watch it here. The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Festival to rave reviews.
Furthermore, Major Lazer Presents: Give Me Future—Music From and Inspired by the Film is also available today—stream it here. The album, a companion to the film, features new and unreleased tracks from Major Lazer, Diplo, Walshy Fire andJillionaire; music from Cuban artists who appear in the film; a contribution from rising star of Cuban and Jamaican descent Herizen Guardiola; two unheard versions of Major Lazer smash “Lean On,” and “Gold,” a collaboration between American DJ/producer ValentinoKhan and Jamaican legendSeanPaul—all celebrating the cross-cultural collaboration which is Major Lazer’s ethos.
Directed by Austin Peters, Give Me Future tells the story of the global superstars’ March 2016 concert, the first performance from a major American artist in the country since diplomatic ties with the U.S. were restored. The film was a coproduction between Matador Content, TMWRK, Underground, Creators League Studios and MTV Documentary Films.
The culmination of 18 months of planning, the seminal event was the result of an idea to extend the Caribbean roots of Major Lazer—Diplo, Jillionaireand Walshy Fire—to Cuba. The film, which premiered at Sundance, follows Major Lazer as they venture into Havana to meet with young artists in the community and evolves into a portrait of youth culture in a country on the precipice of major change.
“Major Lazer is a global band and it was our goal, from the onset, to present this film to the largest and most diverse audience worldwide,” says director Austin Peters. “As a filmmaker, I am thrilled to be working with Apple Music to structure a worldwide release for a documentary that is as much about the music as it is the Cuban youth culture.”
Says Diplo of the film: “Major Lazer’s time in Havana was one of the most important and moving experiences of our lives. The people we met and spoke to, the things we saw and the show we played had a profound impact on us, and Austin captured it perfectly. It feels even more impactful to share this with the world in light of current events, and we’re stoked for you to see it.”
Major Lazer is the globetrotting dancehall-inspired project of global superstars Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire. Their most recent release, a surprise EP entitled Know No Better, topped charts worldwide and features contributions from Quavo, Travis Scott, Camila Cabello, J Balvin, Sean Paul, Anitta, Machel Montano and many more. Their critically acclaimed 2015 album, Peace Is The Mission, spawned the worldwide smash hit “Lean On” with DJ Snake featuring MØ, one of the most successful songs of all time.
MAJOR LAZER PRESENTS: GIVE ME FUTURE—MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY THE FILM
1. Major Lazer — “Particula” (featuring DJ Maphorisa, Nasty C, Ice Prince, Patoranking and Jidenna)
2. Valentino Khan and Sean Paul — “Gold”
3. Diplo — “Get it Right” (featuring MØ)
4. Walshy Fire, Sillva and Beatwalker — “Dangerous” (featuring DJ Blass)