BORN 7 Sep 1958, Den Haag, Zuid-Holland: Hugo de Grootstraat 29 - DIED 5 Apr 1996, Utrecht
BIRTH NAME Meis, Karin Francine Anne
CAUSE OF DEATH breast cancer and lung embolism
GRAVE LOCATION Rhenoy, Gelderland: N.H. Begraafplaats, Dorpsstraat

Daughter of the indonesian engineer Frans Meis and a Dutch mother, Wil Donck. She had three older brothers and a younger sister. She grew up in Leiderdorp and as a child she watched the rehearsals of the band Earth and Fire. She studied Arabian for one year and psychology for two years. The name Nadieh means 'caller' in Arabian.

In 1979 she married the Iranian Bahaď teacher Zia Reyhani. They lived in Den Bosch and had a daughter, Nadič (1981) and a son, Rafi (1985). In the early 1980s she sang in the BB Band. In 1987 she had a hit in the Netherlands with "Windforce 11" from her first album "Land of Tá" (1986). Her second album was "Company of Fools" (1988). Around that time she won a prize for best singer in Japan for her song "Haifa Blue".

Her third album "Lover's Eyes" (1989) was produced by Larry Lee and contained a duet with Colin Blunstone, "Splendid Morning". It was more of a rock album than her first two albums, inspired by a meeting with Gianna Nannini in Japan. In 1991 "Eye on Waves" followed, featuring Curt Cress on drums and Pino Palladino on bass. The single "Words" reached the charts in the Netherlands in the summer of 1991.

In 1988 she had divorced Rayhani and in 1989 she became a close friend of Bart Sloothaak (d.2018), the director of the Wisseloord Studios. He became her manager and moved with her and her children to the quiet village Rhenoy in 1992. Nadieh had enough of the music business and needed rest. She loved horses and after a while her horse riding teacher Karla Kemp moved in with her. Sloothaak moved out.

In 1994 the home recorded "On my Own" was released on a small label. She did a small acoustic tour with her sister Manon ('Nonny') in 1995. On 9 November 1995 she gave her last performance in Rotterdam. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996 and in april 1996 she died in a hospital in Utrecht. She was buried close to her last home in Rhenoy.


The grave of Nadieh at the churchyard of the Nederlands Hervormde Kerk, Rhenoy.
Picture by Androom (02 Dec 2017)


The grave of Nadieh at the churchyard of the Nederlands Hervormde Kerk, Rhenoy.
Picture by Androom (02 Dec 2017)


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Published: 09 Dec 2017
Last update: 24 Dec 2022