Pablo Milanés, renowned Cuban singer-songwriter, has died, as confirmed by various media. The artist was 79 years old and was hospitalized in Spain due to a gallbladder problem and a urinary infection.
The musician had been suffering from various infections since August, a side effect of an oncohematological disease that he had suffered for several years, and which led him to settle in Madrid at the end of the day to receive treatment that did not exist in Cuba.
Milanés is one of the founders of the Cuban nueva trova, a movement that united political themes with popular rhythms in the 1960s, after the revolution led by Fidel Castro.
Without a doubt, Milanés is one of the most outstanding musicians on the island. Born in Bayamo on February 24, 1943, he studied at the Municipal Conservatory of Havana, at that time the most prestigious music school in the country.
The musician received a powerful influence from music such as North American and Brazilian. His career began in the 1960s, where he was part of various vocal groups such as the Los Armónicos trio or the Sensación ensemble. In the King’s Quartet, he also played a leading role.
Although he supported the Cuban Revolution, in 1965 he was sent to the UMAP agricultural forced labor camp in Camagüey.
In 1967 he escaped and fled to Havana to denounce the injustices of the labor camp. This resulted in his imprisonment, first for two months in La Cabaña, an 18th-century fortress in Havana, and then in a prison camp. When the prison camp was closed due to international pressure, Milanés was released.
Between 1974 and 2017, Milanés released dozens of albums that made him a music legend.