Djavan Caetano Viiana Djavan, a prolific Brazilian singer/songwriter was born 27 January 1949 in Alagoas. He combines Brazilian traditional rhythms with popular music from Europe, Americas and Africa. You can categorize him in any of these musical genres: Musica Popular Brasileira, samba, and Latin dance. Djavan was born into a poor family in Maceio, Northeastern Brazil. He formed Luz, Som, Dimensao (“LSD – Light, Sound, Dimension”), and began playing Beatles singles. Djavan began singing in Rio de Janeiro nightclubs in 1973. After participating in many festivals, he was noticed and recorded the 1976 album A Voz o Violao e a Arte de Djavan. He was a hit with “Flor de Lis”, which is one of his most memorable songs. His other musical influence was African music. Additional hits were followed by “Acai”, Sina, and “Samurai”, which featured Stevie Wonder’s harmonium. His most well-known compositions include “Meu Bem Querer,”” “Oceano,”,” “Se …,”,” “Faltando um Pedaco,” and “Serrado.” Al Jarreau and Carmen McRae recorded Djavan’s compositions. Also, Lee Ritenour, Eliane Elias and Eliane Elias also recorded them. In Brazil, Gal Costa, Dori Caymmi, Nana Caymmi, Dorival Caymmi, Lenine, Joao Buarque and Chico Buarque recorded them. Stevie Wonder was a guest on the 1988 Epic Records single “Stephen’s Kingdom”. Djavan was the one who contributed the song “Dukeles” in 1998 to the AIDS benefit compilation album Onda Sonora Red Hot Lisbon, which was produced by the Red Hot Organization. His 1999 live concert album Ao Vivo sold 1.2million copies. The song “Acelerou”, which was the Brazilian Song-of-the Year at the 2000 Latin Grammy Awards, won the Song of the Year award. from

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