|In 2014, she was inducted to the Hall of fame|
Marika Gombitová is a Slovak singer and songwriter. One a member of band "Modus", Gombitová started to gain early acclaim as a former female vocalist of the group. Nevertheless, she gradually developed her public image as a solo artist, making own debut on short play in 1977.
In 1975, Gombitová made her first recordings ("Karta" and "Nájdem hviezdu") at Slovak Radio Košice. The next year, she received an offer from Janko Lehotský, frontman of the Modus band, to join his professional group.
At first, she would release a number of singles with Modus (such as "Veľký sen mora", "Margaréta", "Zažni" – all from 1977) as a backing vocalist. Her solo part came along with the Bratislavská lýra '77 winning composition "Úsmev" that featured also vocal contributions by Lehotský, Miro Žbirka and Miro Jevčák.
|Žbirka and Gombitová at Bratislavská lýra awards (1977)|
The second solo single by Gombitová, "Študentská láska," was issued in 1978. The song won two awards at the Bratislavská lýra '78 festival, being classified as the most selling SP in July in Slovakia.
Gombitová along with Modus was headed in February 1979 to the recording studio to work on their self-titled debut album. In addition, she would also release her own debut set Dievča do dažďa. With its pilot single "Vyznanie," Gombitová entered the 4th Intervision Song Festival held in Sopot, Poland on August 20–23, 1980. As a result, she received the first prize in the competition representing record companies, shared with Nikolai Gnatiuk from Russia (for the song "Dance on a Drum").
Because of the car accident, the singer lost perception over two-thirds of her bodily functions, including the lower part of her lungs, a significant area for breath control. Gombitová had to acquire a new vocal technique. Curiously enough, condition of her voice had seemed to be untouched and reviewers continued with being enthusiastic. Populár music columnist Dagmar Kolářová complimented Gombitová on her "singing artistry", no less her attitude for "expressive style" she delivered on her comeback album Slnečný kalendár.
|Gombitová at Sopot festival, 1980|
Miloš Skalka of Mladá fronta praised her ensuing live performances on Mince na dne fontán Tour (1983) for "[her] excellent vocal dispositions and secure intonation". Over the course of her career, Gombitová's voice grew deeper and fuller as noticed by Populár in the middle of the 1980s. Ivan Kytka observed on her Adresa ja, adresa ty Tour (1985/87) that her "once thin laser voice gained new positions and keys", whereas he stressed that singer expanded her brand as a confident composer, too.
Prior to the music video-era, which arrived with the MTV broadcast in the early 1980s in the US, Czechoslovak audience had no representative music channel focusing predominantly on playing music videos either afterwards. The local artists presented their work through imagery of various TV programs delivered on the state-owned network.
Gombitová received her exposure on the national television on November 30, 1976, performing "Túto pieseň spievam vám" along with "Lúčenie" for Chvíľa pre pesničku. Two weeks later, on December 11, she also appeared on the showbill of Vyberte si pesničku. This time around though, she introduced a song called "Ty vieš, mama". Furthermore, her mobility impairment has led to herself being viewed as a physically disabled artist since 1981, and it has largely afflicted also such aspects of her subsequent recording career as producing promotional video clips and, especially, her live performances. Nevertheless, singer would substantially contribute to the local music video even later. Her impact on the music video sphere equally document several wins of her songs on varied popular video charts, such as 5 x P and Triangel. While the first she entered with "Muž Nula" (1984), its successor served as instrumental to support her continual popularity in the region through additional number-one hits; namely "Zem menom láska" (1985), "Chlapci v pasci" (1986), "Koloseum" (1988) and "Paradiso" (1995). Gombitová became on June 20, 1990 the first local singer to appear on the Austrian video chart Die Großen Zehn, presenting for ORF "Babylónia", the lead single from her Kam idú ľudia? set.
Marika recieved in total 47 awards and was nominated in various categories, together 122 times.
Bratislavská lýra (4 wins, 6 nom.), Grand Prix Radio (3 nom.), Hit Storočia (1 win, 3 nom.), Internationales Schlagerfestival (1 win, 1 nom.), Intervision (1 win, 1 nom.), Melodie awards (1win, 2 nom.), Mladé rozlety awards (1 win, 1 nom.), OTO Awards (2 wins, 5 nom.), Pop Music Top Slovakia Awards (2 nom.), POPulár Awards (5wins, 9 nom.), Slovenka Awards ( 1win, 1 nom.), Slávik Awards (2 wins, 42 nom.), ZAI Awards (1 win, 2 nom.), Zlatá nota Awards (2 wins, 2 nom.), Video Awards (6 wins, 13 nom.), 100 Greatest Slovak Albums Awards (11 nom.), Certifications (10 wins, 10 nom.), Other honors (8 wins, 8 nom.)
After a car accident, she performed last at Miss Czech Republic, in 2002. Then, she paused for twelve years. After a long time, she decided to show herself to the public and her fans. She performed her biggest hit "Vyznanie" on a TV.
In 2015, she recorded a new song "Ten príbeh za náš sen stál", which is also a theme song for a movie "7 zhavranených bratov".
Together with Josef Laufer and Karel Gott (Austria 1968), they performed song "Hrajme píseň", which is cover of the Izraelli winnig entry "Hallelujah"
"In Vyznanie I have one part in awful heights. That can't be managed just technically, I must put into it with all my body. As I [am to] sit, my strain is twice as big. Those tones hang above me before each concert."