The legendary Cuban singer-songwriter Pablo Milanés died at the age of 79 in Madrid, Spain, as confirmed by his representatives.
Milanés, one of the most outstanding exponents of the Nueva Trova Cubana, had been admitted to a Madrid hospital for a few days.
The artist was in a fragile state of health and suffered, among other ailments, a kidney disorder for which he received a kidney transplant in 2014.
In recent months, the interpreter of classic songs such as “Yolanda”, “El breve espacio que no estas” or “El amor de mi vida” had had to cancel several performances on his Días de Luz tour.
On June 21, he offered his last concert in Havana, where he performed for thousands of people in a sports stadium.
“With great pain and sadness, we regret to inform you that the maestro Pablo Milanés has passed away this morning of November 22 in Madrid,” the singer-songwriter’s official Facebook page reported on Monday night.
Born in Bayamo (eastern Cuba) in 1943, Pablo Milanés was, along with Silvio Rodríguez, the greatest exponent of the Cuban Nueva Trova, a movement that emerged in the 1960s after the revolution led by Fidel Castro that combined popular rhythms from the island with political content.
Throughout much of his career, the singer expressed similar ideas to those of the Cuban government, although he had important disagreements with the authorities of his country.
In the mid-1960s, he was imprisoned in a labor camp for dissenting from some ideas of the Cuban Revolution, as he later recounted in interviews in which he reproached the government of his country for this episode.