“Urban soul with Persian spice”: that’s how Sitta describes her solo record, “Part of Me”. Delano has tickets to give away for her upcoming concert and EP release on 3 April.
Sitta’s debut album, “Part of Me”, showcases a range of styles which influenced her over the years. Her upcoming concert and release party will take place at opderschmelz in Dudelange on 3 April.
In a recent interview with Delano on her first album, the musician said her mother was her first teacher. Her mother was an Iranian opera singer, and Sitta recalls her playing classical music at home, singing along with legends, like Maria Callas.
Sitta has a classical music foundation, and she further developed her vocals in soul, R&B and jazz at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Zurich, Switzerland.
But her work has also been influenced by Joni Mitchell and Erykah Badu, plus the “belting power” of soul singers like Aretha Franklin.
“By the time it came to do my own recording, I did a lot of soul searching to find my own voice, artistically and musically,” she told Delano. “I was learning styles and adapting, but it was not an easy process to find my own style. I express the mix of cultures I carry within myself.”
The album’s title is a nod to that searching and continuous development. The songs--recorded and completed in Marseilles and Los Angeles, California (US), in cooperation with Joe Chiccarelli, the Grammy-winning producer, mixer and sound engineer--take listeners on a journey across identity and belonging, love and loss.
Sitta states that she is “open-minded and curious” by nature, and her travels have also impacted her sound. When she was 20 years old, she spent one and a half years in Benin, doing volunteer work on social projects. “That was definitely a big influence. There was African singing in the villages, and the rhythmic patterns [of the music] kind of have a similarly to Persian rhythmic patterns.”
So what should concert-goers expect from her show, given her wide range? “Some pieces have strong rhythmic music and grooves, and tribal beats, some are more melodious and more emotional. It’s very personal to me, what I express in the songs. You can’t expect it to be traditional Persian music since I didn’t have that training, but international music.”
The concert on 3 April at opderschmelz will not include an opening act, but Sitta won’t be the only one at the show: nine people will be on stage, including three vocalists and musicians playing a ranging of instruments, including two Persian instruments.
To enter the draw to win a pair of tickets to the show, simply answer the question and fill out the form below. Deadline for entries is 10am on Friday, 22 March.