Arturo De Nava

Real name: Navas Sosa, Arturo
Singer, guitar player, composer, lyricist, actor and dancer
(1 May 1876 - 22 October 1932)
Place of birth:
Montevideo Uruguay

his outstanding artist, born in Montevideo, República Oriental del Uruguay, was dancer, singer, payador and composer. He inherited from his father Juan de Nava, another great payador and Uruguayan singer, his artistry.

He appeared in the Hermanos Podestá’s company in which he was leading actor and tango dancer at the beginning of the twentieth century. However he reached his fame due to his activity as payador after the late 1990s.

He was a pioneer in recording and cut many discs with numbers of his own or belonging to others for the labels Columbia Record, Victor and Chantecler. All of them were of folk origin but there was no tango. He also was among the first to appear in the early movies between 1915 and 1930.

He was author and composer of numerous folk pieces and, by the end of his career, he wrote some tangos, among which we can name: “Cha digo con los amigos” and “Pa' ganarme un repecho”. Also belong to him the waltz “Bajo las sombras de un naranjal”, the estilo “El taita [d]” and his most renowned number, “El carretero”, a country song that Carlos Gardel recorded with José Razzano in 1922 and, later as soloist in Paris, in 1928.