Great Brazilian Music

Clube da Esquina

Milton Nascimento, Lô Borges and Márcio Borges were three young musicians in the early 1970’s, who formed the core of one the most important currents in Brazilian musical history: Clube da Esquina. Milton Nascimento (born 1942) amazed music lovers in the late 1960’s with his extraordinary and unmistakable falsetto voice and unique song writing skills. Long, complex and beautiful melodies, stylishly delivered through his often simply magical voice, was Milton Nascimento hallmark. For his fourth album, Milton in 1970, Milton Nascimento had acquired two new song writing partners: the only fifteen year old musical prodigy Lô Borges and his poetry writing older brother Márcio. Milton was the first of what would amount to a series of collaborations from the trio and also the first time that the dreamy “Clube da Esquina” sound was presented to the world.

Apart from Milton Nascimento, Lô Borges and Márcio Borges, other prominent members in the Clube da Esquina movmenet were musicians and poets Tavinho Moura, Wagner Tiso, Beto Guedes, Flávio Venturini, Toninho Horta, Ronaldo Bastos and Fernando Brant - all from the state of Minas Gerais. The name “Clube da Esquina” means “The Corner Club” and derived from the fact its participants would meet in the street corner formed by Rua Divinópolis and Rua Paraisópolis, in Belo Horizonte (state capital of Minas Gerais). The characteristic Clube da Esquina sound is based on the somewhat sad, wistful folk music from Minas Gerais, merged with music bossa nova, Beatlesque pop, choro, jazz and rock.

Examples of Clube da Esquina music

Tudo que você podia ser, Milton Nascimento, 1971
Paisagem da Janela, Lô Borges, 1971
Lilia, Milton Nascimento, 1971
Equatorial, Lô Borges, 1977
Calix Bento, Milton Nascimento, 1976





Milton Nascimento

Cover of classic 1972 album by Lô Borges