Born in an artistic environment, Nina Hagen began her career as a singer in 1973 with the group Automobil. In 1977, she moved to London where she discovered the punk scene and created a new group, the Nina Hagen Band that released a first album in 1978 followed by the hit tune, African Reggae, in 1979. During the 1980s, Nina Hagen privileged a solo career and moved to the United States where she discovered spirituality and became a Buddhist. She nonetheless continued to produce eccentric music that combined punk, funk and opera. Charismatic and featuring an incredible voice, the singer embodied the nutty German punk movement and Nina Hagen, entitled the 'first German star since Marlene Dietrich', created a stage persona that dared to spit, scream, wear outrageous make-up and giant glasses: a trashy version of femininity.