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About:

3 May 1952  -  31 Januari 1991

Rosamarie Precht was actually an architect working at a big office in Berlin. Het biggest hobby however was writing songs and playing on her keyboard. In Berlin she met the music student Reinhold Heil with whom she became close friends. Heil grew out to be a keyplayer in the Berlin popscene. Together with Herwig Mitteregger he created the band Locomitiv Kreuzberg, later called Spliff which was the band of Nina Hagen. It was Mitteregger who introduced Rosa to singer Ulla Meinecke in 1980. At this stage Rosa just created her own band called the Insisters and was forced to choose between joining Ulla or not. She accepted and joined the band for three albums. The recordings of the Insisters were released in 1981.

In 1982 she plays to Reinhold some self penned songs. He is impressed and offers to start a side project together called Cosa Rosa. Dubbed as a living room project the songs are simply made with keyboards, drum machines and synthesizers in the comfort of their home. The result was 'Traumstation', released in 1983 and much to their own suprise got good reviews and even a small hit with 'Rosa auf Hawaii'. Because the project was never intended to be commercial and because the couple's commitment to Ulla Meinecke and Spliff there wasn’t much room for promoting the album widely.

The couple made two more albums which featured the minor hitsingles ‘Millionenmal’ and ‘In meinen Armen’. At the end of the eighties Rosa was diagnosed with stomach cancer and had to retreat from public live. In January 1991 she died with Reinhold by her side. She was buried in the family grave in Benzen by Walsrode.

On the web:

- Feature article on NDW fansite: http://www.ichwillspass.de/ndw/bands/cosa.htm
- Fansite dedicated to Rosa: http://www.chrecas.de

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What do we think:

DB: If we can contribute with this page to keep Rosa’s legacy alive it is worth the effort. I bought the 'Traumstationen' album just because the cover looked nice. Searching on the web for information about the band turned out harder then expected. Cosa Rosa is what they intended it to be. A small project on the side. But if all side projects sound like this the musical world would be another place. Sympathetic albums, good singing and nice songs.

PR: Charming German singer, too bad she died at such a young age. She left us three albums (apart from her collaborations with other artists). And when listening to these albums, some 25 years after their date of release, one can only conclude that they stand the test of time perfectly. Yes, there are a lot of synths on these records, but the songs take a central place and are of very good quality. And her dreamlike singing is extraordinary. Europopmusic from Germany at its best!

Albums:

♪♪♪ - Traumstation - 1983

♪♪♪♪ - Kein Zufall - 1985

♪♪♪ - Cosa Rosa - 1986

With Ulla Meineke:

Überdosis Großstadt - 1980; Nächtelang - 1981; Wenn schon nicht für Immer, dann wenigstens für Ewig - 1983

With Insisters:

Moderne Zeiten - 1981

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♪♪♪♪♪ = outstanding album, an absolute must-have
♪♪♪♪ = great album, highly recomended
♪♪♪ = nice album
♪♪ = be careful, requires listening before buying
♪ = best to be avoided

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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