Nina Hagenwas born as Catharina Hagen on March 11, 1955, in Berlin, Germany. Nina was dishonorably discharged from the Free German Youth group when she was 12 years old and she was active in political protests against the socialist East German government. She is a singer who quit school when she was in the 10th grade, at the age of 16, to join a cover band called, Fritzens Dampferband. In 1972 and 1973, Nina enrolled in a performance program at the Studio for Light Music in East Berlin. After she graduated, she formed the band called, Automobil. She became one of the most popular young stars in Germany. One of her most popular songs was, Du hast den Farbfilm vergessen., which she released in 1974. She and her mother left Berlin in 1976 so her career there was cut short. Nina submitted an application to leave the country and it was granted so she went to Hamburg. She almost immediately signed on with a CBS affiliated record label. The record company suggested to her to travel and get acquainted with Western culture so she went to London. She arrived there about the time of the punk rock style of music was being introduced to the world. She got acquainted with musicians such as The Slits and Sex Pistols. She went back to Germany by 1977 and formed her own band and called it the Nina Hagen Band, in the Kreuzberg district of West berlin. The band released their debut album called, Nina Hagen Band, in 1978. From it came the single hit, TV-Glotzer.
Nina lived in Paris with her daughter, Cosma Shiva, and her son, Otis, in the 1990's. She released a new album called, Street, and went on tour of Europe to support her album. She became the host for the RTLplus tv show in 1992 and the next year she released the album called, Revolution Ballroom. Two years later she released the German album, Freud Euch, then recorded in English as, BeeHappy, in 1996. Nina also collaborated, in 1996 , with the German hiphop musician, Thomas D. Nina became the host for a weekly science fiction show on the British Sci-Fi Channel, in 1998. She also went on another tour of Germany. She released another album in 1999 called, Om Namah Shivay. The album was distributed online only and it was a devotional album. Syhe sang, Witness, on KMFDM’s Adios. Nina played the part of Celia Peachum in Die Driegroschenoper. In 2000, Nina’s song, Schon ist die Welt became the official song for the Expo 2000. Her version of the Zarah Leander song called, Der Wind hat mir ein Lied erzahlt, was a minor hit for her also in 2000. Nina continues to release albums and act, as well as protest the war in Iraq. She has released a total of 17 albums during her career.
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