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Djavan

Djavan is a Brazilian composer, singer, and the owner of a respectable discography. His international success has taken him to the highest-ranking venues worldwide and his songs have been recorded by Al Jarreau, Carmen McRae, the Manhattan Transfer, and, in Brazil by Gal Costa, Paralamas do Sucesso, Ed Motta, Leila Pinheiro, Chico César, Dori Caymmi, Nana Caymmi, Rosa Passos, Lenine, Elba Ramalho, João Bosco, Zélia Duncan, Leny Andrade, Chico Buarque, Daniela Mercury, Ney Matogrosso, Dominguinhos, Jane Duboc, Caetano Veloso, Maria Bethânia, Beth Carvalho, João Donato, Joyce, Johnny Alf, and other artists.

Djavan had early contact with music through his mother. From the environment, he took the rich northeastern folklore as influences. But he only began to play at 16, when he took the violão as a self-taught instrument. Abandoning his studies, he had to work small jobs. Still in his hometown, he formed the group LSD (Luz, Som, Dimensão), which covered the Beatles' repertory, playing in every venue for pocket money. Moving to Rio in 1973, he became acquainted with Edson Mauro, a fellow statesman who was Rádio Globo's sports speaker, and presented Djavan to Adelzon Alves, who introduced him to Som Livre's producer João Mello. A month later, he was hired by Som Livre as a singer for soap opera soundtracks. In this capacity, he would record the songs "Qual é" (Marcos and Paulo Sérgio Valle) for the soap opera Ossos do Barão, "Presunçosa" (Antônio Carlos and Jocafi) for Super Manuela, "Calmaria e Vendaval" (Toquinho and Vinicius) for Fogo sobre terra, and "Alegre Menina" (Dori Caymmi and Jorge Amado) for Gabriela. He also participated in several hit-parade records, recording other composers' songs. Meanwhile, to fatten his meager budget, he worked as a crooner for four years at Number One and 706 nightclubs, before his breakthrough as a composer. Participating in TV Globo's festival Abertura (1975), he won second place with his song "Abertura." His first single came four months later with the songs "E que Deus Ajude," "Um Dia," "Rei do Mar," and "Fato Consumado." One year after, he recorded his first LP, (A Voz, o Violão e a Arte de Djavan, Som Livre), which had "Fato Consumando," "E que Deus Ajude," "Pára Raio," "Maria Mercedes," "Na Boca do Beco," "Ventos do Norte," "Magia," "Muito Obrigado," "Maçã do Rosto," "Embola Bola," "Quantas Voltas dá o Mundo," and "Flor de Lis," the latter scoring a big hit which endures even today.

A while later, he did a solo show at the 706 nightclub for three months. He recorded a single arranged by João Donato with songs "É hora" and "Romeiros" and left Som Livre for Odeon. He then recorded Djavan (1979), Alumbramento (1980), and Seduzir (1981). In 1982, he signed with CBS, recorded Luz in the U.S. (produced by Ronnie Foster), where he made contacts with Quincy Jones, who acquired the publishing rights of many of his songs through Djavan's own publishing Luanda. Stevie Wonder was a guest star on that album. In 1984, he recorded Lilás with production help from Eric Bulling, whose international sound can be heard on that album. In the same year, he worked in the film Para Viver um Grande Amor (Miguel Faria, Jr.). He also recorded Brazilian Knights and a Lady (1985), Meu Lado (1986), Não é Azul mas é Mar (1987), and Bird of Paradise (1988). In 1989, he did Djavan, accompanied by flamenco guitar player Paco de Lucia on the track "Oceano," included in a major soap opera. He followed with Puzzle of Hearts (1990), Coisa de acender (1991, with a partnership with Caetano Veloso on "Linha do Equador"), and Novena (1994). In 1996, he recorded Malásia, which had Tom Jobim's "Correnteza" included on a prime time soap opera and, in 1998, Bicho Solto -- o 13o. In 1999, he recorded Ao Vivo in two volumes, which sold 1.2 million copies and garnered him his first Diamond Record. He was awarded with three Multishow prizes: Best CD, Best Show, and Best Singer (popular election by vote of the cable channel spectators). He was paid tribute in the series Talento Brasileiro and with three Lumiar Songbooks, having his songs performed by Gal Costa, Paralamas do Sucesso, Ed Motta, Cláudio Zolli, Ângela Ro Ro, Leila Pinheiro, Garganta Profunda, Chico César, Dori Caymmi, Nana Caymmi, Rosa Passos, Rosana, Orlando Morais, Lenine, Paulinho Moska, Elba Ramalho, João Bosco, Zélia Duncan, Cidade Negra, Sandra de Sá, Leny Andrade, Chico Buarque, Daniela Mercury, Ney Matogrosso, Dominguinhos, Jane Duboc, Zé Ricardo, Personagens, Caetano Veloso, Maria Bethânia, Beth Carvalho, João Donato, Daúde, Joyce, Johnny Alf, Eduardo Dusek, Be Happy, Fátima Guedes, and Clara Sandroni. The following year, Djavan won a Grammy for Best Brazilian Song for "Acelerou" at the first Latin Grammy Awards. ~ Alvaro Neder, Rovi
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Comments

santiago.84d i a s
One of the world's great song writers!!! Meu cantor favorito!!
Fun to hear his lively version after only knowing Manhatten Transfer's cover all these year.
Esta cancao e muito bom E tem muita energia! Impressionan t e e maravilhosa!
acmrodrigues
Voz linda letras maravilhosas !
I wish i could understand it but it sounds like it is a good song to me,,,
Beautiful music!! There's a larger world of textured music out there beyond the thin predictable bands of the commercial radio stations-
Love the Fast feel.. very nice djavan
I discovered Djavan after my divorce, through the album Ao Vivo. Great music, helped my excape the misery of that pain full divorce. Djavan sings to the people....Br a s i l i a n Blues....the best.
Show! Um dos melhores artistas Brasileiros!
um canta carinhosa pois e .adoro tanto
Eu quero viver em paz por favor me beija boca que louca que louca :)
blaqbullet
This song is so beautiful, I wish my brain understood the words, but my heart does!
Having been to Brasil a few times his music makes my memories more vivid and beautiful.
Sensacional!
Depois de Caetano e mais.Amelhor voz do america
Simply wonderful music.
This is the kind of music they should have had at Woodstock!
A truly gifted artist. . . .all the way to the bone. And a great smile !
eokafor
A friend from Sao Paulo introduced me to Djavan and I fell in love with him; he's music is simply beautiful!
Looooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o v e him!!! he brings out in me this wonderfulnes s deep inside of me, that I didnt even know it was there... then everything seems so beautiful while listening to his sweet voice....... . . . . . . . . . sooooooooooo o o o o o o soooooooo sooooooooooo love him!
Meu moreno e seus caracois.
Boa musica, gustosa e agradavel...
The love of my life! he has always been in the most important moments of my life withhis smooth nice voice, great in everything he does! I had the pleasure to meet him after a concert and I can still smell his perfume and the sweet kiss and hug! Love him!
Djavan is simply the best! No one is as graceful on stage. He is shy but so polite, engaged and engaging, giving. It is obvious that he loves to please his audience and he does it so well.
rossana.alve s
Djavan is great. I just love him. Seeing him singing during a show in Brasilia (Brazil) was one of the most beautiful moments I have ever had in my life...
never heard of him by name before. have heard his compositions . thanks pandora
Sooooo lovely! Please! don't stop!!
Cuanto talento! Al escucharle por primera vez en Pandora Radio me enamore de su musica. Bravo! Como diria voce en Brazilian Portuguese, mi hermano?
Julio Cesar (PR)
caryonnow
Elisa,
Que bom pra voce!! Morrei dois anos no Brasil e o amo!! Viaga pra Brasil sim... Vai adorar!!
ary
elisalainter p r e t e
I decided to take up Brazilian Portuguese because of Djavan,
e agora eu falo portugues muito bem!
o amo! Um dia viajarei para Brasil!
Elisa
labanariel
i love bird of paradise
Love it! I don't speak portugese but have always loved the tone of brazilian music.
Thanks! Pandora
I saw Djavan in Hollywood at the Ford Theater. Awesome! I got all chocked up, it was so moving.
decarvalhoma n o e l
He was in Boston recently and it was wonderful...
wonderful
Wow I've never heard him before! I LOVE it! Thanks Pandora! :)
evea649
Fantastic melodist with soul touching messages and heart felt rhythms.
sherri_willi a m s 8
I learned of Djavan via an online buddy out of California. We were taking turns playing music for each other and he played, Esquinas. Immediately, I fell in love with the song and wanted to hear more. I had to order the CD. I absolutely love his music and only wish that I could catch him in concert. If anyone ever hears of him in concert, anywhere, please let me know! Brnness at yahoo dot com! I would really appreciate it.
A gifted voice, the source of loving melodies touching the heart of brazilian lovers for decades.
I don't understand the language but it to me is the most beautiful one of them all!! When I hear him sing I am transported to some tropical magical wonderland.

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