Ravi (Ivar Johansen)

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Ravi on stage (2008).

Ivar Christian Johansen (born 28 April 1976 in Tønsberg, Norway) is a Norwegian popular artist, musician (vocals, keyboards and trumpet), composer, journalist and program manager (NRK and TV2 Norway), known under the pseudonym Ravi (his first name backwards).[1]

Career[edit]

Ravi writes songs with Anders Løvlie under the name Ravi og DJ Løv. He played in the bands like Briskeby, Folk & Røvere, Jessica Fletchers and was a founding member of Jaga Jazzist (1994-2001).[1]

He is probably most famous for the remake of the song "Cheerio" originally sung by The Monroes. He renamed this song Tsjeriåu/Tsjeriå. In the music video for this song he appears as a baby and DJ Løv dressed as a Marine with The Monroes. Ravi is also famous for his short body, red hair and beard.[2]

Ravi has also appeared in "Venn" by Espen Lind and Lene Marlin which was made to raise money for tsunami victims.[2]

Ravi has released many albums, in his own "Ravi language", he writes things phonetically, e.g. "cheerio" = "tsjeriåu", "kroppen min" (my body) = kråpn min, and "it's too late to cry" = "its tu leit tu krai".

Some of his other known songs are "Utadæsjælåplevelse", "E-Ore", "Ås To I Osjlo" and "Dødssøt".

Currently he is the host of the show "Landeplage" on NRK.[3]

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

  • Kjøpr Gitar (Sony BMG, 2006)[2]

As sideman[edit]

  • Jeans for Onassis (2000) with Briskeby
  • Bagateller (Voices Music & Entertainment, 2002) with Folk & Røvere
  • Lekr Butik (Nok Records, 2004), Ravi & DJ Løv
  • Den Nye Arbæidsdagn (Sony BMG, 2005), Ravi & DJ Løv

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Johansen, Rune (2004). "Ravi" (web). Norwegian language article. NRK.no. Retrieved 2008-05-15.  English Language translation of article
  2. ^ a b c "Ivar Christian Johansen - Rockipedia.no".  (in Norwegian)
  3. ^ "RAVI - Ivar Christian Johansen - ViggoLund.no".  (in Norwegian)

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Axel F" by Crazy Frog (first run)
Norwegian VG-lista number-one single: Tsjeriåu (first run)
20 July 2005 – 27 July 2005
Succeeded by
"Axel F" by Crazy Frog (second run)
Preceded by
"Axel F" by Crazy Frog (second run)
Norwegian VG-lista number-one single: Tsjeriåu (second run)
17 August 2005 – 24 August 2005
Succeeded by
"Axel F" by Crazy Frog (third run)
Preceded by
"A Little To Perfect" by Alexander With (first run)
and then
One" by Mary J. Blige and U2 (first run)
Norwegian VG-lista number-one single: "Ås to i Osjlo"
28 June 2006 – 5 July 2006
Succeeded by
"A Little To Perfect" by Alexander With (second run)
and then
One" by Mary J. Blige and U2 (second run)
Preceded by
"One" by Mary J. Blige and U2 (second run)
Norwegian VG-lista number-one single: "Neste Såmr"
19 July 2006 – 16 August 2006
Succeeded by
"One" by Mary J. Blige and U2 (third run)