Rapper Ludacris reportedly plans on performing at the Guantanamo Bay base on Independence Day.
Ludacris is headlining this year's “Freedom Festival” at the Navy's compound in Cuba, the Miami Herald reported Monday.
“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,” Navy communications officer Monique Hilley said Monday on Radio Gitmo, the base’s radio station. "The base is really looking forward to it.”
The Miami Herald said the venue, a parking lot along the bay, is far enough from the base's detention center that inmates will not hear it.
Fewer than 6,000 reportedly people live at Gitmo, including troops, Department of Defense officials and Navy families.
The no-charge “Freedom Festival” is an annual event taking place at Guantanamo’s Windward Ferry Landing. This year’s edition features family activities starting at 6 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m. and Ludacris’s performance at 10 p.m.
Jimmy Buffet played the open-air Lyceum movie theater there in December 2002, and Jimmy Eat World performed at the 2014 Independence Day celebration. Reggae band Magic played a gig for last year’s holiday festivities, and the Plain White T's showed up last October.
The Miami Herald added Ludacris, a three-time Grammy Award winner, has previously entertained U.S. military personnel.
Ludacris performed a show at Maryland's Fort Meade in 2010 and participated in a welcome-home event for Iraq War veterans at Fort Hood in Texas in 2004.