Recently in Cuba for several performances in Spain, Cuban singer Pablo Milanés was interviewed by Eloy Vera (EFE). Here are excerpts translated from the original article in Spanish:
Cuban singer Pablo Milanés, 73 years old, states that he has mantained “intact” the revolutionary spirit that made him known worldwide thanks to his politically-engaged songs, but also considers that “at this stage, music should not intervene in the political issue.”
Milanés has several performances scheduled this month in Spain, including the concert on Friday [held on July 22] at Palacio de Congresos de Fuerteventura.
Speaking to EFE, the Cuban musician [said that he will] perform “more or less recent” numbers, including pieces from his latest album, Renacimiento [Rebirth (2013)].
Along with his compatriot Silvio Rodríguez, Pablo Milanés is one of the leaders of the Nueva Trova musical movement, considered the paradigm of Latin American politically-engaged music.
After four decades since the beginning of La Nueva Trova, the singer says that revolutionary ideals still “stand firm and no fads will dilute them” and that is done by “speaking, singing and saying the things that need to be said, as always.”
The creator of popularly known songs like “Yolanda” and “El amor de mi vida” [The Love of My Life] says that singer-songwriters are “a reflection of what is happening around them and cannot be separated from that.” [. . .]
For full article, see http://www.elnuevoherald.com/noticias/mundo/america-latina/cuba-es/article90744387.html