Milton Nascimento

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Milton Nascimento
Nascimento in 1972
Nascimento in 1972
Background information
Also known asBituca
Born (1942-10-26) October 26, 1942 (age 81)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
OriginTrês Pontas, Minas Gerais, Brazil[1]
GenresMPB, pop rock, rock and roll, jazz
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, guitarist
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active1962–2022
LabelsWarner Music Brazil
Universal Music Brazil
Sony Music Brazil
Philips, Mercury, CTI
EMI Music Brazil
Warner Bros. Records
Blue Note/EMI Records
Nonesuch/Elektra Records

Milton Silva Campos do Nascimento (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈmiwtõ ˈsiwvɐ ˈkɐ̃pus du nasiˈmẽtu]; born October 26, 1942),[2] also known as Bituca,[3] is a Brazilian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Nascimento has won five Grammy Awards, including Best World Music Album for his album Nascimento in 1998.[4]


Milton Nascimento was born in Rio de Janeiro.[5] His mother, Maria Nascimento, was a maid. As a baby, Nascimento was adopted by a couple who were his mother's former employers; Josino Brito Campos, a bank employee, mathematics teacher and electronic technician and Lília Silva Campos, a music teacher and choir singer. When he was 18 months old, Nascimento's biological mother died, and he moved with his adoptive parents to the city of Três Pontas, in the state of Minas Gerais.

When Nascimento was a child, he was nicknamed "Bituca" because he pouted when he was upset, which made him look like a native botocudo.[3]

Nascimento was an occasional DJ on a radio station that his father once ran.[6] He lived in the boroughs of Laranjeiras and Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro.

Clube da Esquina[edit]

In the early stages of his career, Nascimento played in two samba groups, Evolussamba and Sambacana. In 1963, he moved to Belo Horizonte, where his friendship with Lô Borges led to the Clube da Esquina ("street corner club") movement.[7] Members included Beto Guedes, Toninho Horta, Wagner Tiso, and Flávio Venturini, with whom he shared compositions and melodies. One composition was "Canção do Sal", which was first covered by singer Elis Regina in 1966, and led to a television appearance with Nascimento.[6] The collective, as well as some others, released Clube da Esquina in 1972. Several hit singles were also released.[8]

Milton Nascimento, 2014.

Nascimento's compositions include songs such as "Nada Será Como Antes" ("Nothing Will Be As It Was"), "Maria, Maria", "Canção da América" ("Song from America"/"Unencounter"), "Travessia" ("Bridges"), "Bailes da Vida", and "Coração de Estudante" ("Student's Heart"), a song about the funeral of Edson Luís, who was killed by police officers in 1968. The song became the hymn for the Diretas Já social-political campaign in 1984, was played at the funeral of President of Brazil Tancredo Neves the next year, and was also played at Ayrton Senna's funeral.

While his reputation within Brazil was firmly established with his Clube da Esquina works, Nascimento's international breakthrough came with his appearance on jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter's 1974 album Native Dancer.[2] This led to widespread acclaim, and collaborations with Paul Simon, Sarah Vaughan, Mercedes Sosa, Carlos Santana, Pablo Milanés, Cat Stevens, George Duke, Quincy Jones and Earth, Wind And Fire. Angelus (1994) features appearances by Pat Metheny, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, Nana Vasconcelos, Jon Anderson, James Taylor, and Peter Gabriel, among many others. Through his friendship with guitarist Warren Cuccurullo, Nascimento came to work with the pop rock band Duran Duran in 1993. Nascimento co-wrote and performed the song "Breath After Breath", featured on the band's 1993 album Duran Duran.[8] He also performed with the band in concert when they toured in Brazil in support of that album.

In 1996, Nascimento contributed the song "Dancing" to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Rio, produced by the Red Hot Organization.

Ser Minas Tão Gerais[edit]

Nascimento starred in the 2002 musical theater piece Ser Minas Tão Gerais by the group Ponto de Partida.[9][10] The piece paid homage to the poetry of Nascimento and Carlos Drummond de Andrade, two "iconic" poets from Minas Gerais.[10]

In 2004, he worked with the Brazilian heavy metal band Angra, on the song "Late Redemption" from their album Temple of Shadows.[11]


  • 2000: Oratório
  • 2004: Maria Maria / Ultimo Trem[12]

Academic title[edit]


  1. ^ Milton Nascimento at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. pp. 1793/4. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  3. ^ a b "Por que o apelido de Milton Nascimento é Bituca?" [Why is Milton Nascimento's nickname Bituca?]. Rolling Stone (in Brazilian Portuguese). UOL. November 26, 2022. Retrieved January 8, 2023.
  4. ^ Pires, Cláudia (February 27, 1998). "Música: "Nascimento" ganha Grammy em NY". Folha de S.Paulo. Retrieved November 26, 2022.
  5. ^ "Milton Nascimento". Dicionário Cravo Albin da Música Popular Brasileira.
  6. ^ a b Skelly, Richard. "Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved March 22, 2008.
  7. ^ Essinger, Silvio. "Clube da Esquina (Club on the Corner)". AllBrazilianMusic. CliqueMusic Editora. Retrieved March 22, 2008.
  8. ^ a b "Milton Nascimento". World Music Central. World Music Portal. Retrieved March 22, 2008.
  9. ^ TEMPO, O. (July 17, 2013). "Com Milton Nascimento no elenco, "Ser Minas Tão Gerais" tem única apresentação no Palácio das Artes | O TEMPO". (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved July 12, 2022.
  10. ^ a b "Milton Nascimento recita Carlos Drummond de Andrade". VEJA SÃO PAULO (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved July 12, 2022.
  11. ^ "Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives – Angra – Temple of Shadows". The Metal Archives. Retrieved April 10, 2012.
  12. ^ Out Recordings Archived May 10, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Bush, Allen (May 7, 2016). "Rita Moreno, the Isley Brothers, Lucian Grainge, Milton Nascimento Honored at Commencement". Berklee College of Music. Retrieved May 13, 2016.


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