Manooghi Hi

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Manooghi Hi
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Background information
Origin Seattle, Washington, United States
Genres Progressive rock
Years active 2007-present
Labels Mowlawner Records

Manooghi Hi is a Seattle-based rock band formed in 2007 and featuring Indian pop singer, Mehnaz Hoosein. Their music is a blend of western rock-n-roll harmony and instrumentation with Indian melody and rhythms. The band sings in a variety of South Asian languages, including English, Sanskrit, Hindi, and Bengali.

Manooghi Hi released their debut album Hi in 2009[1] and their second release "Silence" in 2011.[2] They have performed at festivals including Seattle’s Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Austin’s SXSW music conference, the Sundance Film Festival in Park City Utah, Oregon Country Fair in Eugene Oregon, Salem Oregon’s “World Music Festival” and Darrington, Washington’s Summer Meltdown. Manooghi Hi has been featured on KING TV Channel 5's “Northwest Evening Magazine”, KCPQ Q13's “Morning Show”, Seattle Channel’s “Art Zone”, KZOK radio’s “The Bob Rivers Show”, KEXP’s local music spotlight “Audioasis” and KEXP’s online feature "Song of the Day".[3] Manooghi Hi has played concerts for Seattle City Hall and in prestigious Northwest rock clubs including repeat performances at “Triple Door”, "Crocodile Cafe”, “Neumo’s” & “Chop Suey”. The band has also been featured in publications such as the “Times of India”.[4] and "Seattle Times".[5] After watching their performance at the "SXSW" music conference in Austin in March 2009, Jonathan Zwickel of the Seattle Times wrote 'The cross-pollination is dizzying — East and West, ancient and modern, pop and classical, ecstatic spiritualism and headbanging rock.' [6][7]


Current members[edit]

  • Mehnaz Hoosein - lead vocals
  • Ava Chakravarti - vocals
  • Todd Fogelsonger - guitar
  • Jimmy Thomas - bass
  • John Hollis - drums
  • Kent Halverson - keyboards

Past members[edit]



  • Hi (2009) Manooghi Hi Records[1]
  • Silence (2011) Mowlawner Records[8]


  1. ^ a b Manooghi Hi (2009). "Manooghi Hi". Retrieved March 12, 2013
  2. ^ Brian McKinnon (July 11, 2011)., Manooghi Hi. Silence. Retrieved March 12, 2013
  3. ^ Jason Kinnard (February 2, 2010). Song of the Day. Manooghi Hi Kismet. Retrieved March 18, 2013
  4. ^ Nicole Dastur (April 30, 2009). "From Banoongi Main, to Manooghi Hi!". The Times of India. Retrieved March 12, 2013
  5. ^ Marian Liu (July 22, 2009). Manooghi Hi brings Bombay-style rock to City Hall. Retrieved March 19, 2013
  6. ^ Manooghi Hi. Retrieved March 18, 2013
  7. ^ Jonathan Zwickel (March 29, 2009). "SXSW notebook: A Seattle writer encounters Seattle bands ... in Austin The Seattle Times." Retrieved Date March 18, 2013
  8. ^ Manooghi Hi Silence (2011). Mowlawner Music. Retrieved March 18, 2013