Artist Profiles: Pablo Milanés

Pablo Milanés

Born in Bayamo, 1943, self-taught Pablo Milanés started his career evidencing the influence of blues and gospel music. He joined the Grupo de Experimentación Sonora del ICAIC (Cuban Institute of Art and Cinematography) in the late 1960s.

Together with Leo Brouwer, Silvio Rodriguez, Noel Nicola, Sara Gonzalez and Eduardo Ramos, inspired by Traditional Trova or Feeling, he founded the Nueva Trova Cubana (New Cuban Song) movement, a new style to bring universal elements together with native forms. Pablo Milanés became very popular throughout Cuba, the rest of Latin America and Spain.

Widely covered by many international artists, Milanés has also composed scores for films, documentaries and television series.

Discography:

Versos José Martí Cantados por Pablo Milanés (1974)
Canta a Nicolás Guillén (1975)
Pablo Milanés (1976)
No me pidas (1978)
Aniversario (1979)
Años with Luis Peña (1979)
Canta a la resistencia popular chilena (1980)
El pregón de las flores with Lilia Vera (1981)
Filin (1981)
Yo me quedo (1982)
El guerrero (1983)
Comienzo y final de una verde mañana (1984)
Ao vivo no Brasil (1984)
Querido Pablo (1986)
Buenos días América (1987)
Trovadores, with Armando Garzón (1987)
Proposiciones (1988)
Filin 2 (1989)
Filin 3 (1989)
Identidad (1990)
Canto de la abuela (1991)
Filin 4 (1991)
Filin 5 (1991)
Canta boleros en Tropicana (1994)
Evolución (1994)
Igual que ayer, with Caco Senante (1994)
Orígenes (1994)
Plegaria (1995)
Si yo volviera a nacer (1995)
Blanco y negro, with Víctor Manuel (1995)
Despertar (1997)
Vengo naciendo (1998)
Días de gloria (2000)
Live from New York City (2000)
Pablo querido (2002)
Como un campo de maíz (2005)
Líneas paralelas, with Andy Montañez (2005)
Regalo (2007)
Pablo Milanés en vivo: Amor y desamor (2007)
Raúl y Pablo, with Raúl Torres (2008)
Más allá de todo, with Chucho Valdés (2008)
Feeling 6 (2008)
Pablo y Lynn Milanés en concierto (2011)
Renacimiento (2013)
Canción de otoño (2014)
50 de 22 (2015)
Flores del futuro, with Miguel Núñez (2016)
Amor, with Haydée Milanés (2017)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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