The Philippine “Queen of bossa nova,” Sitti Navarro, has had an active 2012 but 2013 promises to be even more eventful. A move to a new label , will bring with it a new album and a new artistic direction. Prior to this new dawn in her career she has sat down to reflect on her career to this point in an interview published on her official site.

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Sitti Navarro: The Philippine Queen of Bossa Nova

“When I was starting out, me and my band used to play three sets of 45 minutes each, sometimes every night. We would do standards and pop jazz stuff. . It would be great to do that again because I do miss it,”

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Sitti Navarro opening for Sergio Mendes

She also admitted that one of the highlights of her career was having the opportunity to open for and meet bossa nova stalwart Sergio Mendes, earlier this year.

“I was so excited to meet the man that I consider to be a big musical influence to me,”

With new songs on the horizon, Sitti, revealed her personal top 5 favorite songs so far:

5. ‘The Girl From Ipanema’

“This was track 1 of my very first album. It used to be my warm-up song in my early shows back then. After this came out, fans started uploading their own versions.”

4.‘Wag Mo Na Munang Sabihin’

“I collaborated with Ebe Dancel on this song and it was a departure from my usual bossa nova style. The song had two versions, one is the single version that I sung solo and another acoustic version that also featured Ebe.”

3.‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’

“I did this with the Las Piñas Boys Choir and it was a goose bumps moment for me”

2.‘End It With You’

“This was a song that I wrote and it also was a non-bossa tune. It was arranged in the way that I envisioned it in my mind.”

1.‘Para Sa Akin’

“Of course, how can I forget one of my very first singles? This will always be very special to me.”

The full interview was first published here.