Like so many
her age, a pivotal turning point in dynamic 5X vocalist Miwa Saitafs young life
her first experience of hearing Bon Jovi on the radio. Not only would this
epiphany determine the her favorite style of popular music,
but Miwa, also known as gManzoh would also be inspired to study English in order
to better understand the songs.
It wouldnft occur to Manzo until some years later to become a vocalist.
Nor did she anticipate that shefd actually be fronting a rock band someday just
as her own personal inspiration.
come about approximately a decade later when she first took the stage for a
Having cut her teeth in front of that first audience, she got the bug, and then
went off in search of a band.
voice training came next in order to first recall,
and then finely hone vocal techniques initially learned while in junior high
A band soon followed, one with which her tenure lasted five years.
Material was mostly e70s and e80s hard rock and heavy metal covers as well as
Following the demise of this band, Manzo took a hiatus from singing.
to get back into the game, she hooked up with some Western ex-pats,
but nothing worked out quite as well as she had hoped.
Manzo continued searching for the right situation, a band that effectively mixed
blues and soul. In the interim, she also participated in the Inter FM vocal
winning a very respectable second place.
Prior to the
5X gig, Manzo sang in Bad Trip, another e70s cover and original band.
Upon meeting George Azuma, Manzo finally found the perfect musical outlet in 5X
and the rest as they say, is history.