April 14, 2001 |
Let's imagine that you didn't know who Pablo Milanes was. Let's say that you just happened to stumble into the Conga Room Thursday night and by sheer chance witnessed the first Los Angeles appearance ever by the veteran Cuban troubadour.
December 30, 1988 |
More than 100 Cuban artists and writers, in an answer to a call by 100 foreign intellectuals and entertainers for a plebiscite on President Fidel Castro's rule, expressed their strong support Thursday for the Cuban revolution.
April 14, 2001
Sergio Munoz writes about Cuban singer Pablo Milanes that "condemning Milanes for ideological reasons would be a mistake" ("Crooning With a Politicized Passion," April 11). I strongly disagree. It may be a mistake to criticize him for artistic reasons, as Milanes is undoubtedly a great lyricist and a good singer, but his support for the Castro regime, after 42 years of dictatorship, is indeed inexcusable and ought to be pointed out. ALEXIS I. TORRES Burbank Sorry, but composing "humanistic ballads" while supporting Fidel Castro's long, cruel and inhuman dictatorship sounds like an oxymoron to me. RAUL DE CARDENAS Los Angeles
September 12, 2000 |
Once again, the stylistic abyss that divides the nominations turns this award into a symbolic struggle between artists and merchants. Considering that the recording academy has always used the tactic of awarding a Grammy as a way of paying tribute to an artist's entire career, there's no doubt about who deserves to win: The monumental achievements of Cuba's Pablo Milanes simply dwarf the competition. The question is: Will the voters know who he is?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2005 |
Noel Nicola, 58, one of the founders of modern Cuban trova music, died Aug. 7 of cancer in Havana, his friends said. Nicola was born in the Cuban capital in 1946, into a family of musicians. He was composing songs by the time he was 13. His first onstage performance came in 1968, next to Cuban greats Silvio Rodriguez and Pablo Milanes.
December 25, 1998 |
**** Joan Manuel Serrat, "Sombras de la China," BMG. Together with Cuba's Silvio Rodriguez and Pablo Milanes, this Spaniard revolutionized Latin pop in the early '70s, bringing to his songs a new context of sociopolitical commentary, a literary sensibility and a highly poetic use of words. Unlike the other two, Serrat hasn't lost a bit of his focus or inspiration. His new studio album has the same vitality that defined landmark efforts such as "Mediterraneo."