Biography of Manoya (a.k.a. Enikő Hodosi)
Born and raised in a small, peaceful town in the Great Hungarian Plain of Hungary, Enikő Hodosi was surrounded by music throughout her childhood. Her intense musical interest started with a slightly pessimistic but rather stunning declaration she made at the age of 5: after listening to various radio stations and her parents’ tapes for a whole day long, she went to her mother and told her in a disenchanted tone: “Mum, everything is already written and composed in music, what am I gonna do then?” Nevertheless, having grown up with perpetual melodies in her head, she developed her own voice and an attitude of a visionary, and became busy with music ever since.
She used to sing solos in the local church choir, tasted the world of opera in her teenage grammar school years, then she sang a bit of a jazz and spirituals, and even tried herself as a dancer and actress in the National Theatre of Szeged during her studies at university (Bachelor of Art) and college (economic studies).
Soon she was heard about and got involved in local studio works, blues-rock and pop-rock bands as vocalist and co-composer (Ragdoll, The Fever) and still as a university student in 2003, she got an invitation as a singer-songwriter to join NEO, one of the most successful Budapest-based electronic-pop formation of that time.
Drawn to the capital of Hungary, music became the first and foremost activity in her life with NEO as the main focus of attention. NEO rose to its highest peaks during these years with the internationally acclaimed ‘Control’ (2003-2004) soundtrack (that won countless awards, e.g. the ‘Mozart’s of Soundtrack’ award in Cannes Film Festival) and later with ‘Maps for a Voyage’ LP (‘Fonogram Award’ for ‘Best Electronic/Dance Album,’ 2007) they composed together. During their tours in Hungary and Europe, they were support bands for such great names as Massive Attack, Dave Gahan, Duran Duran, The Kasabian… NEO is still active: they came out with their latest album, “The Picture” in 2011. “Change,” one of Enikő’s compositions from the album, has been selected and played in heavy rotation by MR2 Petőfi Radio.
Due to her wide-ranging musical taste and vocal abilities, Enikő have received various invitations and so collaborations commenced (David Bowie Cover Band, Zagar feat. Underground Divas, The Trousers, Vote Richmon, Occam, FreshFabrik, TYC…etc.), along with guest appearances in various charitable programs such as MTV’s ‘Staying Alive‘ Aids Prevention Campaign or the International Anti-Racism Day.
With Occam (the IDM/ambient/electronic solo project of Tibor Lázár from the band, Zagar), an unexpected, yet very fruitful and long-lasting co-operation started between Enikő and Tibor, the two youngest members of the two leading and therefore rival electronic bands of Hungary. They kept on working together even after the release of Occam’s debut album “My Rorschach” (April, 2011), as by this time Enikő’s plans with music have ripened and her visions have firmed.
Besides her innate musicality, she has been on a quest to try and quench her intellectual and spiritual thirst for societal, environmental, metaphysical and parapsychological matters. It led her to take courses in these subjects and to take some time out between two touring periods to visit sacral places in India, Nepal and the Middle East. She had a clear intention, i.e. to pick up ancient techniques of healing by the voice and other frequencies, which can be implemented in her music for the benefit of all.
After 14 years of songwriting on guitar and piano, Enikő finally took up with the idea of releasing her debut solo album, having Tibor Lazar as a co-producer and music engineer. Enikő adopted ‘Manoya’ as an artist name, and in the first half of 2012, she is coming out with an album that embraces her Anglo-Saxon pop-rock-folk imprints, with the additional flavour of the mystical Eastern musical experience and wisdom. Manoya’s debut single, “Rebirth”, is out on 13/12/11…