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Birth nameDjavan Caetano Viana
Born (1949-01-27) 27 January 1949 (age 75)
Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil
GenresMúsica popular brasileira
Latin dance
New wave
Instrument(s)Vocals (mezzo-tenor)
Years active1975–present

Djavan Caetano Viana (Brazilian Portuguese: [dʒaˈvɐ̃]; born 27 January 1949) is a Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest singers in Brazilian history.

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 Latin 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]


Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • (1999) Djavan ao Vivo
  • (2011) Ária ao Vivo
  • (2014) Rua dos Amores ao Vivo
  • (2024) D Ao Vivo Maceió

Video albums[edit]

  • (2000) Djavan ao Vivo
  • (2002) Milagreiro ao Vivo
  • (2011) Ária ao Vivo
  • (2014) Rua dos Amores ao Vivo


  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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