This album marked Djavan's association with American producers. After signing with CBS, he recorded this album in the U.S.A. (in Portuguese), which was produced by Ronnie Foster. For that occasion, Quincy Jones acquired the publishing rights of many of his songs through Djavan's own publisher Luanda. The album is divided between a romantic section and swinging tunes. "Pétala" and "Açaí" (pop ballads), "Nobreza," and "Banho de Rio" (orchestral canções) take charge of the romantic part. "Luz," "Capim," "Sina," "Samurai," "Esfinge," and "Minha Irmã" are the swinging segment. The interesting harmonies/melodies and the jazz-like arrangements of this section aroused interest for Djavan's music in the U.S.A. and some of these songs and others were recorded by Manhattan Transfer, among others.
This is a danceable album, almost completely devoted funk/soul sonorities. Exceptions and highlights are the hit "Esquinas" (pop ballad) and the ignored "Obi" (samba). Other hits from this album were "Infinito" and "Lilás." The work brings the rich rhythmic interplay between Djavan's lyrics and singing with the funk backbeat.
This is Djavan's first album as an interpreter in 34 years of career. There are classics and also compositions brought by his emotional memory. The album is unusual for its instrumental lineup, small and vigorous, but aesthetically liberating with Djavan's acoustic guitar, Torcuato Mariano's electric and acoustic guitar, the acoustic bass of André Vasconcellos, Marcos Suzano's rich percussion and also the participation of Marcos Lobo and Leonardo Reis. The result: formal jazzy recordings, loose melodies, as if they were flying over rhythmic and harmonious bases.
This is one of the most important pop artists worldwide. Djavan can mix the brazilian swing with an incredible jazz touch, turning his music special, full of emotion and beauty. The lyrics are 'close to the heaven' when we understood their feeling and poetry. Get Malasia to your CDs collection and wait for the "Bicho Solto" just released album, problably the best of his amazing state-of-the-art music work.
After recording two albums in Los Angeles and spending at least two years taking his music to every corner in the world, finally, in 1986, Djavan recorded an album in Rio de Janeiro, accompanied by the swing of his Sururu de Capote band. And, nothing better than be back to samba. The many aspects of “Meu Lado” had to include Djavan’s ancestral connection to Africa, something that he discovered through music. As a contribution to the international struggle against apartheid, which in 1986 still officially segregated wealthy whites from poor oppressed blacks in South Africa, Djavan recorded “Hino da Juventude Negra da África do Sul”, accompanied by a vocal group from that country.
MiLagreiro was one of the most critically acclaimed MPB albums released in Brazil during the year 2001. The record starts off very well with the xote-styled opening track, "Farinha," which is perhaps the biggest highlight of the album. Another good song is "Infinitude," on which Djavan collaborated with Flбvia Virgнnia. On the excellent, somewhat Latin-flavored title track, Djavan is joined by rock singer Cбssia Eller. As usual, there are several typically Djavan-styled ballads on the album, such as, for example, the bossa nova-styled "Brilho da Noite." Generally, the music on Mi Lagreiro is quite simple and sparse, and it gives the impression of being very spontaneous. Perhaps the fact that the album was recorded at Djavan's own home contributed to this positive, unpretentious atmosphere.
Djavan, full name Djavan Caetano Viana is a Brazilian singer/songwriter. Djavan combines traditional Brazilian rhythms with popular music drawn from the Americas, Europe and Africa. Djavan's compositions have been recorded by Al Jarreau, Carmen McRae, The Manhattan Transfer, Aaron Goldberg, Loredana Berté, Eliane Elias, Lee Ritenour; and in Brazil by Gal Costa, Dori Caymmi and Nana Caymmi (son and daughter of Dorival Caymmi), Lenine, João Bosco, Chico Buarque, Daniela Mercury, Ney Matogrosso, Dominguinhos, Caetano Veloso, Maria Bethânia, and other artists.
This 21-track live DVD, celebrating the illustrious 35-year career of Brazilian singer-songwriter Djavan, features tracks from his 2011 album ‘Aria’ plus a selection of his most famous songs. It was recorded on the 8th and 9th April, 2011 at the Grand Theatre of the Palace of Arts in Belo Horizonte, South-East Brazil.
“Bicho Solto – O XIII” is funky, festive, danceable, without losing its Djavanish features. Together with the previous album, “Malásia”, “Bicho Solto” marks, in a certain way, Djavan´s 20th anniversary as a recording artist. And if the first one has a clear-cut and individual style, the last one also reveals the rejuvenation of the artist, a constant update of his music without losing his identity.