This is how they fired Pablo Milanés; he will be buried in Spain

Madrid Spain.- A multitude of artists and other people whose lives were marked by the music of Pablo Milanés said goodbye to the Cuban singer-songwriter in a funeral chapel in Madrid, where the family announced that he will be buried in Spain.

The founder of the Cuban Nueva Trova passed away on Tuesday at the age of 79 in the capital of Spain, where he had resided since 2017 to receive the medical treatments he needed.

The burning chapel opened to the public this Wednesday morning at Casa de América, a cultural institution in a palace located in Plaza de Cibeles. On one side of the building, where a line of people waited patiently under an autumn rain to say goodbye to the singer.

“He was, along with Silvio (Rodríguez), one of the great troubadours of Cuba, it really is a very unfortunate loss for all Cubans,” a 68-year-old Cuban, living in Spain, told AFP.

a family burial

Federico Pérez, the brother of the singer’s Spanish wife, Nancy, arrived at Casa de América, who revealed to the media on behalf of the family that Milanés will be buried in Spain.

“He will be buried here in strict privacy,” Pérez said, without specifying where or when, asking for “respect for the process they are going through.”

“The family appreciates all the love and respect that the whole of society and all the sectors and the population had for Pablo. All the love that the family feels at this moment is deeply appreciated,” he said.

Regarding the possibility of paying homage in Cuba, he said: “These are family and personal decisions and they will become known over the days.”

The singer’s coffin rested in the Miguel de Cervantes room of the Casa de América, next to a guitar and a portrait of him where, in black and white, his smiling face can be seen.

He was surrounded by numerous wreaths of flowers, sent by the singer Joaquín Sabina and his partner, the National Ballet of Cuba, his record label or his family.

Before the coffin were parading people who, in some cases, left flowers.

Singers and musicians say goodbye to the troubadour

Several musicians attended the wake, including Fito Páez and Dagoberto González Junior, a musician and producer from Milanés.

“With certainty, we have lost one of the greatest artists and composers of the 20th century and the 21st as well,” Argentine Fito Páez told reporters, who defined Milanés as “his brother.”

“Pablo is Cuba, Pablo is very Cuban, his work has spread internationally due to the poetic and philosophical work he has had,” said Dagoberto González Junior, a musician and producer from Milanés for three decades. He also announced that the singer had finished an album, “Pablo Querido 2”, which will be released “soon”.

Since his death became known, artists such as Raphael, Alejandro Sanz and Silvio Rodríguez, who distanced himself from Milanés in the 1980s, have praised his contribution to music.

On Tuesday in Havana, hundreds of people sang songs by the troubadour in the streets, while some singer-songwriters paraded through the Cuba Pavilion to participate in a “Trovada” in tribute to Milanés.

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