Sitti Navarro brings bossa nova to a wider market


Sitti Navarro's new album, My Bossa Nova, compiles some of the most loved tunes familiar to many, all given that soothing bossa nova treatment.


SittiNavarro often disagrees with those who label her as the Queen of Bossa Novahere in our shores.

Forthe 22-year-old charmer, being given a specific title can be more of a burdenthan a reason for celebration. Not that she has any diva attitude, rather, heruneasiness stems from her own unassuming nature.

Butthat's the price Sitti has to pay for singlehandedly giving a perceivedhighbrow music genre a gentle face brimming with grace yet not lacking withmass appeal.

Andperhaps that's the one thing she is genuinely proud of.

"I'mhappy that I was able to at least bring bossa nova to a wider market and siguroin a way help break that common perception that the music is for the elitelang," she said during the launching of her new album, My Bossa Nova,under Warner Music Philippines, in Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street, lastSeptember 28.

Witha new record out, she's out to challenge both herself and the audience as well.For a natural music lover, the dare for Sitti is how she would be able to lendher own touch on tracks that are so good, not to mention familiar,she wouldn't even want to touch them.

InMy Bossa Nova, Sitti successfully "bossa-fied" well-loved songs such asU2's "With or Without You," Madonna's "Take A Bow," PeterFrampton's "Baby I Love Your Way," Chicago's "If You Leave MeNow," The Spice Girls "2 Become One," Sade's "SmoothOperator," Everything But The Girl's "Cross My Heart," Basia's"Time and Tide" and Burt Bacharach's "The Look of Love."

Sittialso made her own interpretation of local gems such as the Rivermaya classic,"Hinahanap-Hanap Kita," "Ikaw Lamang," the infectious"Tayo'y Mag Samba" and Sitti's own composition named after herfavorite brand of cookie, "A Song For Penny Brown."

Thelovely singer said that she's fond of all 18 songs included in the album thoughshe initially wondered how she would be able to give justice to the songs.

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"Honestly,on some tracks I was wondering nung una on how we'll be able to give them abossa nova treatment, like "With or Without You" and "2 BecomeOne." But as we progressed and worked through the songs I was reallysurprised and happy na kaya naman pala," she smiled before heaving a sighof relief.

Indeed,all the songs in the finished album formed a cohesive body of work splashedwith various moods that will surely stir genuine emotions from the listener.

Sitti's My Bossa Nova is available at allleading record outlets and music stores nationwide.


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