PINOY GROOVE EXPERIENCE (Philippine Popular Music Revisited):
Ikaw Pa Rin - Tito Mina (1980?)
Here’s a smooth bossa nova track from an under-appreciated artist from the Manila Sound era. A contemporary of Hajji Alejandro, Rico J Puno and Basil Valdez, Tito Mina had a string of hits during the late 70’s to early 80’s before eventually leaving the Philippines to live in Europe with his European wife. Wish I had more info!
Coincidentally, this is yet another re-working of the “I’ll Never Find Another You” Seekers track that Nora Aunor also recorded and I’ve also posted about. When Filipinos like something, we like it to death. This version is unrecognizable really from any of the previous versions. Lyrics are different and it’s done in classic late 70’s Pinoy bossa groove perfected by Bong Penera. Contemporary jazz bossa nova singer Sitti Navarro has also covered this version.