Every time Sinosikat take the stage at local gig bars, people can’t help but stare. And who can blame them? You’d be blind not to notice frontwoman Kat Agarrado, a petite lady with huge doe eyes, a full mouth, and miles of endless dark hair.
But when the band starts playing, letting loose a bold “orgy of jazz, soul, funk, rock, and sexy groovy beats”, that’s when spectators really sit up and pay attention.
Sinosikat, whose present lineup is also their original one includes Kat Agarrado, Reli de Vera, Nikki Cabardo and Allen Umali, first started making music in 2004. With their Pinoy soul-stamped arrangements matched beat by groovy beat by Kat’s powerful pipes, singles like“Turning My Safety Off” and “So Blue” introduced them as a refreshing departure from the steady stream of straight pop-rock that filled local alternative radio back then.
When Sinosikat released their eponymous debut album in 2007, it became clear that this band was no one-trick pony. Their first record went on to earn them a number of awards, including Vocalist of the Year at the 2007 NU 107 Rock Awards. In 2008, the band took home three honors at the 21st Awit Awards: Best World/Alternative Music, Best Jazz Recording, and People’s Choice Award for Favorite Group.
Sinosikat followed up their debut with the cheekily titled 2nd Album in 2009. Like its predecessor, the album was critically acclaimed, with the track “Mr. Musikero (Pwede Ba)” winning Best Jazz Recording and Best Arrangement at the 23rd Awit Awards.
Hit play on the videos below and let Sinosikat’s brand of sexy soul lure you in.
Revel in Sinosikat’s deliciously groovy sound orgy at the first-ever Manila Music Festival on May 1 at the Alphaland Bay City, Paranaque City.