Milton Nascimento was born in Rio de Janeiro first gained recognition singing in samba bands in Brazil.
Nascimento has a long history of playing with American jazz artists. His 1974 collaboration with Wayne Shorter, "Native Dancer," is a jazz classic and brought him international recognition. He has collaborated with a dizzying array of diverse artists such as Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, Duran Duran, and Jason Mraz.
Maria Maria is one of his most acclaimed songs.
In this clip, jazz legend Pat Matheny joins Nascimento, playing his signature digital guitar.