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Milton, circa the 70s

If God had a voice, it would be Milton Nascimento's
Elis Regina

Quando você foi embora, fez-se noite em meu viver
Forte eu sou mas não tem jeito, hoje eu tenho que chora
Minha casa não é minha, e nem é meu este lugar
Estou só e não resisto, muito tenho pra falar
- "Travessia"
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Milton Nascimento is a Afro-Brazilian guitarist and singer-songwriter. Born in Rio de Janeiro to a single mother who worked as a maid, he was soon adopted by his mother's former employers and he was soon brought over from Rio to to Tres Pontas, a small town in the state of Minas Gerais, when he was two. His mother sang in a choir and at local music festivals, often accompanied by Milton. Nascimento's father was an a bank employee, electrician, and at one point ran a local radio station where the young Milton occasionally worked as a DJ.

Nascimento would also play in two samba groups, Evolussamba and Sambacana. And in 1963, he moved to Belo Horizonte, where he me his friend and musical collaborator, Lô Borges, led to the formation of the Clube da Esquina ("street corner club") collective. Members would include musicians and lyricists such as Fernando Brant, Flávio Venturini, Toninho Horta, Wagner Tiso, and Beto Guedes, with whom he shared compositions and melodies. One composition was "Canção do Sal", which was first sung by singer Elis Regina in 1966, which led to a television appearance with Nascimento. The collective would later release released Clube da Esquina in 1972, a double album that spurred hit singles such as "Cais" and "Cravo é Canela". The singles are have become standards in Brazil over the years due to their continued popularity. Since he began recording with his self-titled debut in 1967, Nascimento has written and recorded over 30 studio albums.

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Discography

  • Milton Nascimento (Travessia) (1967)
  • Courage (1969)
  • Milton Nascimento (1969)
  • Milton (1970)
  • Clube da Esquina (with Lô Borges) (1972)
  • Milagre dos Peixes (1973)
  • Milagre dos Peixes: Gravado ao vivo (live album, with Som Imaginário) (1974)
  • Native Dancer (with Wayne Shorter) (1975)
  • Minas (1975)
  • Milton (Raça) (1976)
  • Geraes (1976)
  • Clube da Esquina 2 (1978)
  • Journey to Dawn (1979)
  • Sentinela (1980)
  • Caçador de Mim (1981)
  • Anima (1982)
  • Ponta de Areia (1982)
  • Missa dos Quilombos (with Pedro Casaldáliga and Pedro Tierra) (1982)
  • Brazil Night | Ao Vivo Em Montreux (live album with Alceu Valença and Wagner Tiso) (1983)
  • Milton Nascimento: Ao Vivo (live album) (1983)
  • Encontros e Despedidas (1985)
  • Corazón americano (live album with Mercedes Sosa and León Gieco) (1985)
  • A Barca dos Amantes (live album with Wayne Shorter) (1986)
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  • Yauaretê (1987)
  • Miltons (1988)
  • Txai (1990)
  • Angelus (1994)
  • O Planeta Blue na Estrada do Sol (1994)
  • Amigo (1995)
  • Nascimento (1997)
  • Tambores de Minas (1998)
  • Crooner (1999)
  • Gil & Milton (with Gilberto Gil) (2000)
  • Pietá (2002)
  • Music for Sunday Lovers (compilation) (2003)
  • Maria Maria / Ultimo Trem (compilation) (2004)
  • O Coronel e o Lobisomem (2005)
  • Novas Bossas (2008)
  • Belmondo & Milton Nascimento (2008)
  • E a gente sonhando (2010)
  • Uma Travessia: 50 Anos de Carreira ao vivo (live album) (2013)
  • Tamarear (with the Dudu Lima Trio) (2015)

Notable Songs

  • "Canção do Sal"
  • "Travessia"
  • "Outubro"
  • "Tudo Que Você Podia Ser"
  • "Canção da América"
  • "Coração de Estudante"
  • "Cais"
  • "Cravo é Canela"
  • "Milagre dos Peixes"
  • "Os Escravos de Jó"
  • "Minas"
  • "Beijo Partido"
  • "Ponta de Areia"
  • "Maria, Maria"
  • "Bailes da Vida"

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