Pablo Milanés: Who was Yolanda, the woman who inspired your song? – Music and Books – Culture

This work was composed as soon as his eldest daughter, Lynn, was born. In it, Milanés expresses that there is nothing to stop what he feels in his heart. Following this, he continually expresses to Yolanda: “I love you, I love you, I love you.”

The composition was released 12 years after it was written, in 1982. Specifically in the album ‘I stay’.

Benet was the second partner of the Cuban singer-songwriter. They did not last long together, as their love affair was only for four years, between 1969 and 1973. However, the short duration of their love affair did not prevent them from having a great story.

After their separation, both tried to have a friendship that had several ups and downs. Benet dedicated himself to working in Havana, as a scriptwriter and assistant director at the Cuban Institute of Art and Cinematographic Industries. He was there for more than 25 years.

Benet also remembers that the first time Milanés sang ‘Yolanda’ for her, she was with her daughter Lynn. The little girl cried and she did not fall asleep. So when Pablo came to interpret his song, he didn’t pay much attention to it.

Yolanda is the most famous romantic song that the Cuban singer-songwriter has, however, it is not the only one that Milanés composed for a couple. He also mortalized other love stories in musical works such as ‘Olga’, ‘Beginning and end of a green morning’, ‘Sandra’ and ‘The long road to Santiago’.

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