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Djavan in 2009
Djavan in 2009
Background information
Birth nameDjavan Caetano Viana
Born (1949-01-27) 27 January 1949 (age 72)
Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil
GenresMúsica popular brasileira
Latin dance

Djavan (Brazilian Portuguese: [dʒaˈvɐ̃]; full name Djavan Caetano Viana; born 27 January 1949) is a Brazilian singer/songwriter.

Early life and career[edit]

Djavan was born in Maceió, Brazil to a white father of Dutch descent and a black mother. He later formed the group Luz, Som, Dimensão (LSD – "Light, Sound, Dimension"), playing Beatles' material.[1] In 1973, Djavan moved to Rio de Janeiro and started singing soap opera soundtracks.[1] His first album, A Voz, o Violão e a Arte de Djavan, was recorded in 1976 and included the hit song "Flor de Lis".[1] Stevie Wonder was a guest on the album Luz.[1]

In 1999, his album Ao Vivo sold 1.2 million copies.[1] In 2016, he was nominated for the 2016 Grammy Awards in the Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Portuguese Language Song and Best Singer-Songwriter Album categories.[2] Djavan's compositions have been recorded by numerous musicians, including Al Jarreau, Carmen McRae and The Manhattan Transfer.[1] His album Vesúvio was ranked as the 35th best Brazilian album of 2018 by the Brazilian edition of Rolling Stone magazine.[3]


  • 1976 A Voz, O Violão, A Música de Djavan, Som Livre LP, CD
  • 1978 Djavan, EMI/Odeon LP, CD
  • 1980 Alumbramento, EMI/Odeon LP, CD
  • 1981 Seduzir, EMI/Odeon LP, CD
  • 1982 Luz, Sony Music LP, CD
  • 1983 Para Viver Um Grande Amor, (film soundtrack), CBS, LP
  • 1984 Lilás, CBS, LP, CD
  • 1986 Meu Lado, CBS LP, CD
  • 1986 Brazilian Knights and a Lady (with Ivan Lins and Patti Austin), VHS
  • 1987 Não é Azul Mas é Mar, CBS, LP, CD
  • 1987 Bird of Paradise, Columbia, CD
  • 1989 Djavan Puzzle of Hearts, CBS CD
  • 1992 Coisa de Acender, Sony Music, CD
  • 1994 Esquinas, Sony Music, CD
  • 1995 Novena, Sony Music, CD
  • 1996 Malásia, Sony Music, CD
  • 1998 Bicho Solto O XIII, Sony Music, CD
  • 1999 Ao Vivo (2-volume live concert set), Epic/Sony Music, CD, DVD
  • 2001 Milagreiro, Epic/Sony Music, CD
  • 2004 Vaidade, Luanda Records, CD
  • 2005 Na Pista, Etc., Luanda Records, CD
  • 2007 Matizes, Luanda Records, CD
  • 2010 Ária, Luanda Records, CD
  • 2011 Ária ao Vivo, Luanda Records, CD, DVD
  • 2012 Rua dos Amores, Luanda Records, CD
  • 2014 Rua dos Amores ao Vivo, Luanda Records, CD, DVD
  • 2015 Vidas pra Contar, CD
  • 2018 Vesúvio, CD


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Djavan - Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Lista completa de nominados a Latin GRAMMY 2016". Univision. Univision Communications. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  3. ^ Antunes, Pedro (21 December 2018). "Rolling Stone Brasil: os 50 melhores discos nacionais de 2018". Rolling Stone Brasil (in Portuguese). Grupo Perfil. Retrieved 28 December 2020.

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