Ex-No Angel Nadja Benaissa celebrates a comeback with Medlz

Dresden (dpa) – No Angels was the day before yesterday the R&B and pop singer Nadja Benaissa is now one of the medlz. Ten years after leaving the girl group, the 38-year-old made a comeback that was celebrated by audiences on Friday night – with the Dresden female a capella pop group Medlz.

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“It’s nice to be here today,” she said after a funky intro to the open-air Young Guard theater in the Grand Jardin, still in a thick voice. “I’m a little excited.” For a year now she has been rehearsing the program “Runs with us” with her three colleagues and recording the album – with the favorite songs of the four medlz.

The Berliner, who had already celebrated successes with the group No Angels, from the television cast “Popstars”, and as a solo artist, was hired in October 2019 for the outgoing viola of the quartet. Two years ago she began to sing in choirs and groups again. “I didn’t expect to be in a band again.” At the hearing in the summer of 2019, the native of Hesse convinced.

Even a year later, the chemistry is good. They spent a lot of time together in the rehearsal room and in the studio. Benaïssa talks about a professional relationship. “But friendship grows there too,” she said. “Making music together, these environments which are very familiar to me make me very happy.” If it’s going well, it should be a longer affair.

Rio Reiser’s “Forever and you”, which she sings for her 20-year-old daughter, Benaissa still hesitates, it is only after a few backround songs for the others that the old power passes: with “Simply The Best” by Tina Turner. “I admire this woman, her energy,” she admits, recalling the ups and downs of the star’s life. “She is my idol.” Sip and sure of voice, dancing to the beat of the band, she keeps the audience moving through the rows – and enjoys the cheers afterward.

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After the break, she even allows herself to fall back on her time with the No Angels, with “Rivers Of Joy”. “I appreciate things more than before, I am more grateful to them and I can enjoy them,” she said, referring to the past. “At the time, I was even younger and sometimes overwhelmed. The No Angels broke up in 2003 and made a comeback in 2007. In 2010, Benaissa left the company, retired from the public, completed high school and apprenticed as an event manager.

Today, she looks back fondly on her beginnings as a singer. “The No Angels are part of my life that I’m very proud of,” she says. She is also nervous when she returns to the spotlight. “My heart beats wildly.” But after two or three songs, she breathes more calmly and can control her voice. “Stage fright is part of my life,” she says – and enjoys the applause and cheers.

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