Cuban musician Pablo Milanés, proven right here performing in 2014 at a Latin American movie competition, died in Madrid – Copyright AFP/YAMIL LAGE Archive

Leticia Pineda

Acclaimed Cuban singer, songwriter and guitarist Pablo Milanés died early Tuesday morning in Spain, the place he had been hospitalized for the previous few days, his agent mentioned. He was 79 years outdated.

“It’s with nice ache and disappointment that we inform you that the maestro Pablo Milanés handed away this morning, November 22, in Madrid,” his company mentioned on the singer’s official Fb web page.

“Could he relaxation in love and peace that all the time transcended. It can stay ceaselessly in our reminiscence.”

Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz mentioned on Twitter that “Cuban tradition is mourning the loss of life” of Milanés.

The creator of songs like “Yolanda” and “Breve Espacio” had been hospitalized in Madrid, the place he had lived since 2017, to obtain medical remedy.

On November 11, his workplace mentioned he was “steady” and being handled for a sequence of recurring infections that had been affecting his well being in current months.

The artist rose to fame after the 1959 Cuban revolution and gained renown each on and off the island when he turned a pacesetter within the Nueva Trova motion alongside fellow Cuban musicians Silvio Rodríguez and Noel Nicola.

He impressed and was influenced by artists from a wide range of musical genres in Latin America, in addition to in Spain, Portugal and Puerto Rico.

La Nueva Trova, born within the years after the revolution, acquired the smile of the Fidel Castro authorities for its lyrics that gave voice to its declared political and social imperatives, together with battles towards sexism, colonialism and racism.

Milanés needed to cancel his final concert events scheduled for the tip of this month in Spain and the Dominican Republic.

At first he embraced the Cuban revolution however later distanced himself, though he by no means broke the bond that united him with the Cubans by his music.

In June, he made one final go to to Havana, after an absence of three years, the place the performer identified in Cuba as “Pablito” gave an emotional live performance in entrance of some 10,000 followers.

After virtually three years with out appearing in his place of birth, white with grey hair and with mobility issues, Milanés had not misplaced the sunshine of his myopic eyes, his affable smile and the energy of his voice.

He was born on February 24, 1943 in Bayamo, in jap Cuba, the son of soldier Ángel Milanés and dressmaker Conchita Arias.

Conchita moved the household to Havana in order that her son might attend a prestigious music college. Within the Fifties, thought-about the golden decade of Cuban music, the boy realized the piano and collaborated with different creators.

He entered the Cuban music scene within the early Sixties with “Mis 22 años,” and gained two Latin Grammy Awards for greatest singer-songwriter album (2006) and musical excellence (2015).


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