Pablo Milanés, a Grammy-winning musician and influential figure in Cuba’s “nuevo trova” (new music) movement, passed away at the age of 79. Since 2004, he and his Spanish wife and two sons have resided in Vigo, Spain. He had a kidney transplant in 2014, thanks to his wife’s organ donation.
Pablo Milanés was 79 years old. He was born on February 24, 1943, in Cuba. In 1950, Pablo Milanés, better known by his stage name Pablito, moved to Havana with his family from Bayamo.
He pursued his studies at the Conservatorio Municipal de La Habana, which at the time was the most esteemed musical institution in the nation. 1956 saw the release of his debut performance. He began participating in “bohemian” musical scenes in Havana by the age of 15 and became friends with the so-called “filin” musicians.
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