“Beleza Destruída”, by Djamila Ribeiro

“Djavan and Milton Nascimento were able, throughout history, to produce incredible pieces that remind us of deep and pure love, life’s farewells, crazy trajectories and old passions. With them, we cried from losses, cherished the pain, and wished to love again. However, both artists also contain songs that touched us profoundly in their catalogues while bringing a sense of hope for a new world.

Beleza Destruída, written by Djavan, especially for Milton, is a song that unites love and critical consciousness. For the first time, Djavan and Milton Nascimento record a song together. Beleza Destruída promoted the union of some of the most beautiful voices we have, and just with that, it can be considered historical – the stellar conjunction and union of the talent of two brilliant artists. However, the lyrics also give this needed critical dimension, the importance of preserving nature.

Beleza Destruída instigates us to see the beauty in the world and fight for it. We are used to automatic behaviours, forgetting to appreciate the beauty in a gorgeous sunrise, the delicious sound of the ocean when the waves touch the rocks, and the synchronicity in a waterfall. We are numbed by how challenging life can be and the inequality in Brazil that distances itself from its people.

Beleza Destruída reminds us that we are part of nature and that when we destroy it, we destroy ourselves. Once again, these genius Brazilian musicians use their talent to wake us up from this numbness and call us, with their delicate voices, to fight for Mother Eart, who is so tired of constantly being attacked. It is an invitation to reconnect with what is most beautiful and sacred. Beleza Destruída instigates us to reconstruct the beauty in the world.

The music video is one of the most beautiful productions of time; Djavan’s and Milton’s connection, the synchronicity in their movements, voices, and purposes – are moving. It is lovely to watch two men that, throughout their careers, did not get accommodated to life’s tragedies but were always ahead of their time and generous enough to share their expressions with the world.”

Djamila Ribeiro