Lost Sambista

A Brazil never seen.

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Hermeto Pascoal

He is more than a musician this man is a natural phenomenon. He has avoided stardom and has created a ring of musician followers who have refused to become mainstream to live the adventure of playing with “the sorcerer”.

A few have defected to become some of Brazil’s best musicians.

This is what Lost Samba says about him:

“Hermeto was born in the deep interior of Brazil. As he was albino and could not work under the sun with his brothers, he was locked up in a stable where he channelized his fury into music. His long and curly white hair and beard and his strong traces covered by thick glasses gave him the deserved nickname of “the sorcerer”. His band did insane noises, not only with instruments but with objects such as broken bottles, saws and pans but performed valleys of heavenly music.”

Lost Samba is available at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00791OM34

The Club of the Corner (Clube da Esquina)

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This is a rare picture featuring Wagner Tiso, Noveli, Beto Guedes, Lo Borges, Marcio Borges, Fernando Brandt and Milton Nascimento (Toninho Horta is absent)

All of these guys were a constant presence on Brazilian record players in the seventies as song writers, as musicians, and as singers and formed this influential club from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais state.

Their music had a thread of simplicity, beauty and experimentation tying them together. They were anti-stars and were very quiet and down to earth in their private lives, the kind of guys you’d like to be friends with.

Milton Nascimento (the black guy with a cap picture right) tied the “club” together with his unique voice that became world famous and admired by artist from Bjork to Paul Simon.

They had a strong Beatles influence as well as Bossa Nova and anything else they heard.

Highly recommended listening. Picture from http://euamompb.blogspot.co.uk/

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