Pablo Milanés: the song that Silvio Rodríguez published after the death of his friend and other tributes to the late Cuban singer-songwriter

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November 22, 2022

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“I met you tearing the chest of death one day”, says the song by Silvio Rodríguez in honor of Pablo Milanés.

“Pablo”, that is the simple title of the song that the Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodríguez published on his blog in tribute to Pablo Milanés, his late compatriot and companion of the Cuban trova.

Milanés died Monday night at the age of 79, in Madrid, Spain, after spending more than a week in a hospital for a series of recurring infections.

Perhaps no other singer was more musically linked to Pablo Milanés than Silvio Rodríguez.

Both went among the founders and main exponents of the Nueva Trova Cubanathe genre that emerged in the late 1960s, deeply rooted in the reality of the Cuban Revolution, encompassing social, political, and personal issues.

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