Author : Shap
When Hungarian Pop Star, Zoli, competed in the first Hungarian Megastar Competition (American Idol syndicate); he didn’t realize his life would never be the same. Zoli was born in Karachi, Pakistan as a Hungarian citizen, and after being introduced to Classical Indian music at the age of five, music became a vital part of his life. Zoli states, “I have always had a great ear for music and language… somehow it comes very naturally to me. That’s not to say it hasn’t taken a lot of hard work and time.” And that’s exactly what it took for Zoli to make a name for himself in the music industry.
By 2005, Zoli was in the beginning stages of fame and celebrity. In the summer he released his first album “Elso Vallomas” (First Confession). Following graduation with Honors in 2007, he was immediately established as a songwriter, music teacher and was in high demand at Hungarian venues with his band The Freak. “Zoli is the rare type of genius. He understands and appreciates the history and mechanics of music on a serious level while somehow being the life of the party,” quotes a former band member.
Zoli moved to London in 2011 to pursue an opportunity to crossover into the English-speaking music world. While there, he met his producer, an American businessman and entrepreneur. Together with another of his closest childhood friends they established Z Music Entertainment, an independent record label, in 2012.
When recently asked about his drive to make music, Zoli responded, “My motivation is seeing the reaction people have when they first hear my music. No matter how well known I am, number of records that sell or how much money is offered… it doesn’t matter if you aren’t having fun playing with friends. And that comes across in each song or it isn’t released.”
Zoli’s latest release, ” Like a Star” is poised to help make Zoli a household name for International Pop Music. We certainly hope so ! He’s releasing three pop fusion hits with this release and according to his label, Z Music Entertainment, and Brad Runge, Producer and Director of Operations at Z Music Entertainment, this should be Zoli’s biggest hit to do date on the pop fusion scene. He has been traveling back and forth from London to Budapest for the past year to get this record off the ground and truly make his mark on the English-Speaking Pop Culture Scene. In addition, the tracks have been mixed Rudy Haeusermann of 126BPM who was worked with the likes of K$esha, Hanson, En Vogue and Tupac and professionally mastered by leading expert Colin Leonard of Sing Mastering (Atlanta) who has mastered work for Justin Bieber, Leona Lewis and Kelly Rowland. With this kind of team working on this record , it is sure to not be compromised on musical quality ! His latest track , ” Sleepless” is currently available for download on Itunes. Check it out !
Since Zoli is from Hungary, I decided to pay homage to his motherland by creating and very rich Hungarian comfort food , Chicken Paprikash. This dish is rich with smokey Hungarian Paprika , butter and plenty of sour cream. Not a dish for anyone counting calories, but great to eat on a cold fall day with egg noodles. Yum Yum Yum 🙂
4 chicken leg quarters, cut in cubes (about 3 pounds total)
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 large yellow onion, halved and chopped
3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons Authentic Hungarian Paprika
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 pound wide egg noodles
1/2 cup sour cream
1) Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil over high. Cook chicken until golden and crisp, 6 minutes. Flip chicken and cook until browned, 6 minutes more. Transfer to a plate.
2) Discard all but 1 tablespoon fat from pot and reduce heat to medium. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently and scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon, until beginning to soften, 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, 3 minutes.
3) Add paprika and flour, season with salt and pepper, and stir constantly until paprika is fragrant and mixture begins to stick, 1 minute.
4) Add broth and whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil on high heat. Return chicken to pot in a single layer and reduce heat to medium. Cover and cook until chicken is cooked through, 20 minutes.
5) Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook noodles according to package instructions. Drain noodles and divide among four bowls. Top with chicken. Stir sour cream into sauce, then ladle over chicken and noodles. Eat !