Nadieh is born on sunday the 7th of september 1958 at 5:10 AM on the
address Hugo de Grootstraat 29 in The Hague in The Netherlands. Her
full name is Karin Francine Anne Meis. She's got three older brothers,
Frans, Fred and Edu (who dies february 2007) and a younger sister Manon
'Nonny'. Her father
Frans Herman Meis is an engineer born in Indonesia and her mother Wil
Donck comes from Scheveningen in The Hague.
At the age of 3, in 1961, the family moves to Leiderdorp.
Nadieh is 11 years old when she steals her brothers guitar and learns
to play, teached by Jim
ten Boske. She already writes very mature poetry
for her age. She's a very self-willed an clever kid.
Nadieh watches rehearsels of the band Earth and Fire, with singer Jerney
Kaagman - the woman that will hand out Nadieh an important music prize
years later. Nadieh goes to school in Leiden.
Nadieh's first boyfriend dies after an accident when she is
17. Years later she sings the song 'Onno' about him. She joins neighbour
Marja to concerts of her bahá'í music group Great
sings in churches and starts to go to meetings of the baha'i faith.
She meets Sam Murray and
she follows him to the US. It doesn't work out. Then she falls in love
with her future husband: an Iranian chemistry teacher called Zia'u'llah
Nadieh tries two educations at the university: Arabic languages and
Psychology. But she stops because she would rather play music
in bands, sing backing vocals and perform solo in bars.
14th of september
Zia Reyhani and she moves in with him at the Admiraliteitslaan 816 in
the city of Den Bosch.
Together with Kees Buenen Nadieh sings in the bands De Dupe
and The Bill Bradley Band. Their hits are called 'Ik wil de straat terug',
'Stille Willie' and 'Hallo je spreekt met Karin'.
Daughter Nadiè Reyhani is born at home in Den Bosch.
Later Nadieh will record the song 'Nana' for her. Nadiè is also
a singer and at concerts she likes to perform her mothers song 'Castles'.
At the age of 25 she has already brought out 2 albums with folky songs.
(28th of october)
Rafi Benjamin Vincent Reyhani is born at home in Den Bosch. 'Benjamin'
is about him. His favorite song by his mother is 'De Paardenhoeve'.
He's a gifted guitarplayer but can't combine this with singing. Nadieh
finishes her demo's with Buenen. Joseph Schamp gives the Wisseloord
Studio's a demo of Nadieh. Then she's allowed to record in the free
time of the studio's.
After the first single 'Right to change', 'Windforce 11' reaches
the 23th place and stays 6 weeks in the Dutch Top 40 chart. Today the
song is still placed in historical charts and people still remember
it very well. It is the kind of song that keeps playing in your head
once you've heard it. Not many people know that the song is about the
founder of the baha'i faith. Read more about the lyrics.
The video is made in Israel. Manager Inge Jagt (formerly Inge Werner)
joins Nadieh, they're best friends.
Vermeulen and Kees Buenen produce Nadieh's debut album 'Land of Tá'
that wins two important music prizes, a Zilveren Harp and an Edison
Music Award. She also wins the Best Singers Award at the Yamaha World
Songfestival with 'Haifa Blue'. Nadieh later returns to Japan with her
manager Inge Jagt and Edward Reekers (singer of Kayak) to perform at
a festival at Lake Biwa in front of 12.000 people. The 4th of march
the very first babygirl is named after Nadieh. Many will follow.
Nadieh receives a CD Award for her second album 'Company of
Fools'. Stuart en Bradley James write and produce three songs on this
album. A few hitsongs are 'Katoozazaï', 'Dance to the rythm' and
Blue'. Nadieh divorces her husband Zia Reyhani.
Inspired by the Italian rocksinger Gianna Nannini, who Nadieh
has met in Japan, Nadieh wants to make a more noisy record than the
poetic popsongs on her last two albums. Larry Lee produces 'No way back'.
The famous Dutch singer Ruth Jacott sings backing vocals. The song 'Splendid
Morning' is a duet with Colin Blunstone. Both divorced, Nadieh gets
close with Bart Sloothaak, director of the Wisseloord Studios. He becomes
Nadieh's sister Manon marries Marc van Veenendaal.
Nadieh returns to her softer folky music style. Joey Balin
produces her fourth album 'Eye on the Waves ' with wellknown guestmusicians
like drummer Curt Cress en bass player Pino Palladino. The song 'Words'
reaches 34th place in the Top 40 and stays in it for 3 weeks. Still,
apart from Japan, there is no international success alltough Nadieh
performs a lot on German television and also visits the US.
Nadieh is fed up with showbusiness. She moves with her children
and Bart Sloothaak to the little rural village Rhenoy in the Dutch area
called Betuwe. She keeps on making music in her own studio, totally
independent. She loves horses, and when she meets horse riding teacher
Karla 'Karrie' Kemp, they move in together and start taking care of
sick horses. Bart then moves out.
Nadieh brings out the album 'On my own' on a small label. She
is guestmusician at Ad Vanderveen's record 'Sooner or later' produced
by Bart. Nadieh She also writes the lyrics of 'Ik sta', originally 'Là-Bas',
a french duet by Jean-Jacques Goldman and Sirima. Famous Goldman discovered
Sirima singing in the subway. Nadieh sings this together with Erik Mesie,
a known Dutch singer of the band Toontje Lager. Like Nadieh a few years
later, Sirima dies at a very young age. A jealous boyfriend stabs her
just three weeks after her debut album came out.
Nadieh starts a tour with intimite, acoustic performances in
theatres. It's just her sister Nonny and her. They sing and play guitar.
Ruth Jacott records Nadieh's song 'Leef me' on her album 'Geheimen'.
On november 9th Nadieh plays er very last concert. On the last day of
the year Nadieh's father Frans Herman Meis dies at the age of 75.
(5th of april)
January 4th Nadieh burries her father in Leiderdorp. Few weeks later
her grandmother Francina Anna Meis-Liedermooy dies. Then Nadieh gets
sick. She has breastcancer and in the evening of april 5th (Good Friday)
after 8 PM Nadieh dies in a hospital in Utrecht from a lungembolism
at the age of 37. She is burried at the cemetary right next to her house
at the Lingedijk 96 in Rhenoy. On the backside of the gravestone there
is written a beautiful baha'i text of Baha'ulla.
(3d of september)
Nadieh's sister Manon gives birth to her first son Jordi van Veenendaal
Fans start The Nadieh Foundation and bring out an album of
Dutch songs that weren't published yet. It is called 'Leef me'.
(16th of september)
Nadieh's sister Manon gives birth to a second son Mischa Valentino van
Veenendaal in Leiderdorp.
Nadieh's daughter Nadiè Reyhani and band bring out their folk-cd
'Colors of Grey'.
Ten years after Nadieh's death, the Nadieh Foundation brings out a second
album: 'Go stand'. All songs are in English and some are recorded live.
There is also an Elton John song on it: 'I need you to turn to'. And
a duet of Nadieh and her daughter Nadiè called 'More than a woman',
which they made for mother's day for Nadieh's mother and Nadiè's
grandmother. Also album 'On my own' is published again because more
and more people from all over the world are interested in Nadieh's work.
AD Haagsche Courant
and Zij aan Zij Magazine publish articles about Nadieh and 'Go Stand'.
Also journalist Marcel Linssen, who has known Nadieh during her life,
plans on making an article. Many regional radiostations play songs from
Nadieh's oldest brother Edu dies of cancer and a heart attack in february.
A second album of Nadiè will be out soon.
and familymembers of Nadieh are being interviewed for a biography. Do
you have comments for this biography? E-mail to email@example.com
special thanks to Nadieh's loved ones, Haye van den Oever, Paul Smit
and many others for their support, contributions and photographs!