The Cuban singer-songwriter Pablo Milanés died this Tuesday in Madrid at the age of 77. The news was confirmed by the singer’s artistic office on Facebook.
“With great pain and sadness, we regret to inform you that the teacher Pablo Milanés has passed away this morning of November 22 in Madrid. We are deeply grateful for all the expressions of affection and support from him, to all his family and friends, in these difficult times. May he rest in the love and peace that he has always transmitted. He will remain forever in our memory,” he read in the statement.
The musician had been hospitalized for several weeks with an inflammation of the gallbladder and a kidney infection, which forced him to cancel several concerts.
Milanés, one of the most renowned voices in Cuban music, was the founder and architect of the Nueva Trova sound along with other renowned artists such as Silvio Rodríguez and Noel Nicola.
Author of classics like “Yolanda”, Milanés published more than 40 albums throughout his career and won, among others, the Cuban National Music Award and the Latin Grammy for Musical Excellence.
The singer-songwriter was hospitalized in Madrid due to “the effects of a series of recurring infections that in the last three months have been affecting his state of health,” according to a statement.
“This clinical situation – the note indicated – is secondary to an oncohematological disease that he has suffered for several years and that required him to settle in Madrid at the end of 2017 to receive treatment.”
For this reason, “for the moment it has been necessary to cancel the concerts planned in the coming weeks and suspend all his artistic activity while this circumstance lasts,” the statement said.
The author of songs like “Para vivir” or “Yolanda” had planned to perform on November 30 in Mexico City and on December 5 in Santo Domingo. Also, according to his official website, on his agenda there was a performance in the Spanish city of Pamplona.
Pablo Milanés had already canceled the concert he had planned in the Dominican capital last September.
The artist was very critical of the political situation his country is going through, last year he described it as “irresponsible and absurd to blame and repress a people who have sacrificed themselves and have given everything for decades to sustain a regime that in the end what it does is to imprison him,” wrote Cuban singer-songwriter Pablo Milanés in a crude Facebook post.
The artist affirmed that he trusts “in the Cuban people to seek the best possible system of coexistence and prosperity, with full freedoms, without repression and without hunger,” this in the context of the protests that were strongly repressed in several cities on the island. .
For Milanés, “the youth, who with the help of all Cubans, should be and will be the engine of change.”
“In 1992 I was convinced that the Cuban system had definitely failed and I denounced it. Now I reiterate my pronouncements ”, he declared, definitively breaking with the Castro dictatorship, at that time.
Milanés’ crude analysis came after hundreds of arrests of protesters, dissidents, artists and journalists on the island due to the historic demonstrations on July 11 of last year, when thousands of Cubans took to the streets throughout the island to demand an end to of the dictatorship.