Only days away from his concert in Miami, Pablito “El Puerquito Llorón” Milanes has apparently undergone a monumental conversion on his journey to south Florida. According to the longtime Fidelista, he is suddenly no longer a Fidelista.
Pablo Milanés: “I am no longer a Fidelista”
The legendary singer-songwriter Pablo Milanes, whose songs were symbolic of the revolutionary era in Cuba, stated this Thursday that he has stopped being a fervent follower of Fidel Castro.
“I have been a Fidelista, I am no longer a Fidelista,” Milanes declared during an interview with the Univision network in Washington D.C. where he starts his music tour this Friday. “I have admired Fidel and I have admired the things he did during his time.”
Asked if he would again dedicate a concert to the former Cuban leader, as he has done on previous occasions, the artist responded: “At this moment, no.”
The conversation with journalist Gloria Ordaz from Miami’s channel 23-Unvision mostly covered topics related to the current Cuban political situation, and also covered the controversy and reactions brought on by his next concert in Miami. The songwriter also granted live interviews yesterday to Spain’s EFE, Telemundo Network, and Marti Television.
Milanes, who is 68, declared that he would be willing and had no issues in performing for the Ladies in White, a group of women and mothers of political prisoners on the island.
He added that for more than 10 years, he has been writing songs that were critical of the occurrences in Cuba, but said he had no plans to sing those songs during the concert he will play in Miami this next Saturday, August 27th.
“I don’t think I will play them… By the same token, I will not injure the sensibilities of Miami residents, and neither will I injure the sensibilities of Cubans. I will have some sense of shame ,” he confessed.
The artist said that he had many friends in Miami, but he declined to mention them by name, “because I’m not sure it would be good for them.”
“Here [in Miami] one lives in fear exactly the same as the fear lived with over there [in Cuba],” said the author of Yolanda and Years.
He also said that he will dedicate his concert in Miami to the Cuban people, and “to all the things I do for socialism in Cuba.”