Singer-songwriter Pablo Milanés dies

Mexico City.- After being hospitalized in Madrid due to a series of infections, the Cuban singer-songwriter Pablo Milanés died this Monday in Spain at the age of 79, as confirmed by several Cuban media.

The composer and musician had suffered from an oncohematological disease for several years that forced him to settle in Madrid at the end of 2017, in order to receive treatment.

According to reports close to the artist, Milanés had been hospitalized in Madrid for just over a week. On Monday night, the news of his death began to go viral, beginning with the message from the writer Wendy Guerra on social networks.

“Goodbye dear Pablo, this is the end of an era. You leave us your work, that sentimental country where we Cubans are going to live with dignity. Thank you for being the soundtrack of our lives. Cuba is in mourning,” the poet wrote. and Cuban novelist, author of books such as “Platea Oscura” and “Cabeza Rapada”.

Just a few days ago, on November 11, Pablo Milanés’s team released a statement on the networks regarding the health of the singer-songwriter.

“The teacher Pablo Milanés is currently hospitalized, in a stable situation, being treated for the effects of a series of recurring infections that in recent months have been affecting his state of health,” they said in a statement.

Due to his state of health, the author of “Yo No Te Pido” canceled his last concerts in Spain and the Dominican Republic, while his artistic activity was suspended until further notice.

Just a day ago, this Sunday, Milanés posted on his official Instagram page a video of his concert on June 12, 2021, in Torres de Cotilla, Murcia. The publication exceeded a thousand “likes”.

Born on February 24, 1943 in Bayamo, Cuba, Pablo Milanés was a successful composer and guitarist with more than 60 years of experience, and is recognized for having been one of the founders of the so-called Nueva Trova Cubana, together with Silvio Rodríguez and Noel Nicola.

Since he officially began his career in 1970 with the collective compendium Canción Protesta: Protest song of Latin America and the GESI (ICAIC Sound Experimentation Group), with the album Cuba Va, from 1971, alongside Silvio Rodríguez and Noel Nicola , Milanés released almost a hundred trova records and poems.

He also stood out for his collaborations with international artists such as Chico Buarque, Silvio Rodríguez, José José, Joaquín Sabina, Víctor Manuel, Joan Manuel Serrat and Ana Belén, among others.

The author of classic trova songs such as “Yolanda” and “El Breve Espacio en que no Estás”, offered his last concert in Havana on June 21, at the Ciudad Deportiva coliseum, amid the controversy over his opposition to the government of the Island.

During his artistic career, in which he also shone as a host of television programs and music producer, always promoting young talents, Milanés was the leader of the groups Cuarteto del Rey and Los Bucaneros.

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